St. Patrick’s Day: Why do you celebrate it?
It’s interesting. Every year, millions of people get together to party hard and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Woo-hoo! Green beer! Well, that’s not so unusual. The strange (and sad) thing is that the vast majority of those people know absolutely nothing (or very little) about St. Patrick, and they don’t know why he is so important. Interestingly enough, many people don’t even realize he was real.
St. Patrick’s Day is over until next year, but here’s a challenge: Before you celebrate next year, research. Find out about this incredible man and his God-led journey. Find out why he was so celebrated in Ireland, a land from which he was not native. Find out about his achievements and his shortcomings. After you’ve done that, guess what? Next year, you’ll have a new reason to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. So, go ahead… Wear that green and celebrate!
Do you find the above picture a little weird? Or, if you’re the curious type, do find it interesting? There is a reason that the image seems to represent a merging of two different ideals. And no, I’m not telling. 🙂
I knew a little about St. Patrick’s journey, but I was shocked by some of the information I learned during a Bethel Series bible study class (see below). Very interesting stuff! So, please take a little time out of your day to discover who he really was. I mean, if we can search for “funny kitten videos”, we can research this inspiring guy. When you discover some of that good stuff, pop back over here, and tell me all about it.
Need a little help? Search this phrase: “Who is St Patrick?” Then, search, “Who was St Patrick?” Believe it or not, you’ll get a few different results from the two searches. Also, check out History[dot]com. You can also search for him on any bible site or app.
God bless and thanks for reading!
***photo via History.com: “Ireland Forever”: A St. Patrick’s Day greeting card with the words “Erin Go Bragh” (Ireland forever) in the bottom right corner. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)
***If you reside in Franklin,TN or the surrounding area, and you’re interested in learning more about The Bethel Series, please contact the most fabulous instructor ever, Donna Bannister. If you live outside that area, please visit The Bethel Series for more information. Here’s a little info from Donna:
“The Bethel Series is a 2-year in depth Bible Survey study…We cover the Old Testament the first year and the New Testament the second year…We meet on Sunday nights from 5-7…Class format is lecture….Cost is $120, which covers both years. ***New class starting September 2013.”
“Some guarantees of this course…
a. You will know the Old Testament! You will know the New Testament! And you will know how they fit together!
b. You will be able to study individual books of the Bible in depth with this grand overview, big picture background of God’s Person, Plan of Redemption, and Word.
c. You will be given the opportunity to develop the life-enhancing habit of being in God’s Word on a daily basis and drawing closer to the Living Word with a clearer understanding of who He is!
d. And you will truly learn that you can do all things through Jesus Christ who wants you to know Him in and through His Word – even more than you do!”
Thanks for the info, Donna!