Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Hey person. I don’t have anything green on. Can you get me a green bandana or something? I don’t want Scratchy to pinch me.
Hey, wait a minute. Scratchy isn’t wearing anything green either. Maybe I can go pinch him.
Scratchy, come here.
Oh. Scratchy just told me I’m supposed to be telling a Bible story. It is Bible story day, isn’t it? Why are we talking about St. Patrick’s Day?
Because St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland? He did?
So you’re going to tell me about St. Patrick today instead?
Okay, but I need my green first.
Yes, I’ll listen.
Patrick was born in England to a wealthy family. They lived during the time of the Roman Empire when the empire was Christian.
When Patrick was sixteen, raiders came over from Ireland, kidnapped Patrick, took him to Ireland and sold him into slavery. As a slave he worked as a shepherd and found himself lonely most of the time.
Didn’t he have any shepherd dogs to keep him company?
I am listening.
While he was alone with the sheep he spent his time praying and his Christian faith increased. Then, after six years he had a dream in which he heard the voice of God telling him it was time to leave Ireland. He escaped and had to walk two hundred miles to get on a ship. The crew abandoned ship in France and wandered lost for 28 days, but eventually Patrick found his way home to England.
I should have been there with them. I could have sniffed my way home faster than they did.
Yes, I’m listening.
Patrick had a second vision, telling him to go back to the Irish, but first he attended religious school. When Patrick became an ordained priest he headed for Ireland as a missionary. He spent the rest of his life bringing people in Ireland to Christ. St. Patrick died on March 17th 461. That’s why we celebrate March 17, as St. Patrick’s Day.
Hey person. I don’t think you finished the story. What part is it where the leprechauns and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow come in?