March 17 - Devotion
2 Corinthians 13:14 - “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Sometimes, people celebrate by dressing in green or eating foods that are green, the color associated with Ireland. Celebrating is fun, isn’t it?
Have you ever wondered who Patrick was, and why a day is named after him?
The meaning of St. Patrick’s Day really has nothing to do with “the luck of the Irish” or a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It’s really about Jesus.
Patrick was born in the 4th century in Britain but lived for much of his life as a missionary to the people of Ireland. The people there had been worshiping false gods. They lived in the darkness of evil and fear, and they desperately needed the light of Christ. Patrick was chosen by God to take the Good News of Jesus to the people of Ireland. He obeyed God and went, even though he faced difficulties and dangers, and many people who heard the message became believers and were saved. God used Patrick in a mighty way, and Patrick loved God with all his heart.
Soon it will be spring. The grass will begin to turn green, and flowers will bloom. Somewhere in your yard you might find a clover, which is actually a symbol of Ireland. Typically, a clover has three leaf parts, and it can be used to help us understand who God is. Just as a clover is one plant with three parts, the Triune God is the one True God with three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
You know the One True God. You can tell someone about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You can be a missionary, like Patrick, who loved Jesus and talked about Him to people who needed to know.
Thank you for sending Patrick and other missionaries to tell people about Jesus. Please help me tell someone, too. Amen.