Alan Wildes

Alan Wildes

St. Patrick was generous

Today is St. Patrick’s Day.  If you are like me you probably don’t know much about St. Patrick.  I have worn green and celebrated his day along with millions of others in the U.S. without knowing much about St. Patrick and who he was.  So I looked it up.  Here are some interesting facts about St. Patrick:

  1. He wasn’t Irish
  2. He wasn’t a Christian (in the beginning)
  3. He was a rich kid
  4. He was a missionary
  5. He was generous with his life

Patrick was kidnapped by the Irish, forced into slavery, escaped back to England, felt called by God to go back to Ireland to convert the pagan culture to Christianity.

I’d say he was pretty generous.  He could have gone back to his easy life, but chose a life being in the mission field to convert people who took away 8 years of his life.  I’m not sure I’m made of that type of stuff.

I used to wonder if St. Patrick was worth celebrating; I now believe he is.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

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