I have always loved a good story. That is probably the best reason why I have been a professional storyteller for 25 years. That is also why when my daughters were young I enjoyed listening to the Adventures in Odyssey (from Focus on the Family) episodes with them. We still have a huge collection of the cassette tapes and CDs, and when I get sentimental about the sweet old times with my girl, I sometimes pull some out and listen to them.
One of my favorite episodes had to do with St. Patrick’s Day. I was intrigued enough by the tale that I decided to do a little more investigating into the legend. It turns out that there are many different stories surrounding St. Patrick, but I choose to focus upon the one that I will condense for you here:
Patrick was born in Wales. He was mischievous and his parents longed for him to take Jesus in his heart, but he was rebellious and resistant. When the Druids invaded Wales, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He was sold there as a slave. One day while watching sheep, Jesus spoke to him in a vision. He asked Patrick why he was persecuting Him and running away from Him. His Holy Spirit led Patrick safely to escape back to Wales. Through this experience he gave his life to Christ. He studied and became a priest and felt the call to return to the place of his slavery.
In Ireland, the Druids worshiped idols and held horrid human sacrifices to please their “gods.” Despite Druid priests who strongly objected and wanted him put to death, Patrick spoke before the king and queen of Ireland and told them about Jesus Christ. He explained the Holy Trinity using the shamrock, found throughout Ireland; three (leaves) in one representing our triune God; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
So while many may be talking about little mischievous people, or pots of gold, or making the day into an excuse to party this St. Pat’s day, maybe we can recall the legend that tells how Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, and thank God for those who spread his good news throughout the world.
Matthew 18: 19-20 ~ “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Written By Mrs. Zimmer, 5 Day Kindergarten Teacher