Saturday, March 17, 2007

Top of the Morning, er, EVENING to YOU!

Though today has been part 3 of our spring cleaning/working vacation, we've managed to squeeze in some St. Patrick Day's Day fun into it. We've all been wearing the green (super hubby even has on his Old Navy St. Patrick's Day shirt!). We've been listening to celtic music. And I've made sure that our eats reflect the specialness of the day.

For breakfast we had green clover pancakes to go along with our sausage and french toast. At lunch I made potato soup and the 2-Ingredient St. Patrick's Day I posted about the other day. We had clover shortcake cookies for dessert. And for supper tonight, we'll be having our traditional St. Paddy's Day supper of reubens made with corned beef and sauerkraut along with oven fried chips and vinegar (french fries for all you not familiar with this tasty delicacy!). I'm sure the true Irish would NEVER put sour cabbage and rye bread together with their corned beef, but since none of is under this roof are PURE Irish, our food reflects the great American melting pot and its hodge-podge, but oh-so-good, cuisine! ;)

We've been eating our meals with holiday themed cups and napkins. And I've got several St. Paddy books checked out from the library and Jim read the Tomie DePaola one to the kids last night.

For a family that can't for sure trace their lineage to the Irish, it might seem a bit strange that we go so BIG with this day. The reason is that though we might not be able to claim much Irish blood, we claim a kinship of the spirit with Saint Patrick (who was actually British...from which nationality we have a huge whopping heap of dna).

St. Patrick, who started out as a selfish and pampered party boy, was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland. After many years of this horrible life, God miraculously delivered him and let him escape his slavery and the land of his bondage. Patrick could have sworn to never see that place again. But instead, with a heart sold out to God, he returned to preach salvation and freedom to the Irish whose lives were lived as captives to sin and darkness.

Patrick is our brother in Christ and we, as a family, hope and pray that we will follow his example in loving our enemies and seeking to bring freedom to the captives and the grace of God to those living in darkness.

As protestants, we grew up knowing very little about this man. To us, St. Patrick's Day was all about wearing green and pinching those who didn't. Once we learned the true story behind this holiday, all we could do was be in awe of a life given totally in service to God and his fellow man. In fact, we were so amazed at how God could use one very ordinary man in such a mighty way, that we named our darling second son after this brother in the Lord.

May his life always be sold out to the Lord of all Heaven and Earth. May he spend his days fighting to bring light to those dwelling in the darkness.

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