St. Patrick – From a Victim of human trafficking to The great evangelist !
Today is St. Patrick’s Day – that honors his death on March 17, 461.
But, do you know the true story?
At age 16 in Britain, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and enslaved for six years, caring for animals.
Patrick was a victim of human trafficking, but that didn’t define his life or his legacy.
He escaped back to Britain, but after becoming clergy, he returned to Ireland as an evangelist.
His love for the Irish people motivated his ministry across the land. He led thousands out of Celtic paganism to Christ and planted churches across Ireland.
The Irish celebrate him as their patron saint.
The Shamrock had been a symbol in the Irish pagan worship of the land and other dieties. But Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as One.
The replications of Patrick teaching with a Shamrock have made it the symbol of St. Patricks Day.
His famous prayer is:
“Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”
This is the true celebration of St. Patrick !
The great evangelist, church planter, and use the shamrock to show the Trinity.
We all can learn from him and let God change the course of our lives.
We shall encourage each other to do what we were created to do – no matter our pains or past experiences.
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