March is the month of St. Patrick. But as the world celebrates this day with partying and revelry, what do you know about this man?
“Patrick (ca. 389-461) was taken from Britain to Ireland by pirates at the age of sixteen. He lived there tending cattle, for six years. Upon his return to his homeland, he felt called to labor among the people of Ireland as a missionary. From 432-461 he worked among the Celts of Ireland and despite the effort of the priests of the Druid religion, managed to make the island a strong center of Celtic Christianity. During the time of the Dark ages in Europe, Ireland was a center of culture from which monks as missionaries and scholars were sent to work on the Continent.” (Earle E. Cairns, Christianity through the Centuries, pp. 128-129).
Patrick was a missionary who took the light of the gospel to a dark land; may we also take the light of the gospel to dark souls that need the Savior. Also may we not walk in darkness but in the light. “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Therefore, as we come out of our winter hibernation, may our souls be revived and may we bloom and grow. And when you see green this month, think spiritual growth.