Today is Saint Patrick’s Day! This holiday is often celebrated by wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, or searching for that elusive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. But do you know the real story of St. Patrick?
When Patrick was just 15, pirates raided his farm and kidnapped him. After six long years of beign held hostage as a slave, Patrick made his escape on a boat to France. It was there that he heard the Gospel and came to Christ. And because God had forgiven him of his sins, he felt a great compassion welling up inside him for the very people who had once enslaved him, the people from the untamed land of Ireland.
Patrick spent years of his life preparing to follow his dream of traveling to Ireland to share his faith. Finally, in his 50s, his returned to Ireland was realized. Because of his faith, untiring zeal, and his contagious enthusiasm, Patrick was able to win the hearts of the lost and lead thousands to Christ. Saint Patrick died on March 17th in the year 460, and Ireland mourned the loss of this great leader. Now, he is remembered as the man who brought the Gospel to Ireland in a way in which no one else was able.
And so, whether you are wearing green today or not, we hope this refresher on the life of the great missionary, Patrick of Ireland, inspires you! We stand on the shoulders of giants in the Christian faith and today, that is something to celebrate! Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us at Joni and Friends!
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