The sun shone warmly on Ireland this St Patrick’s Day. The Parade, Festivities and the Christian Walk and Talk in The Cathedral in Downpatrick were a great success. I opted for a bus tour of Christian sites. Other years when our children were young we would have watched the St Patrick Day parade. Today was different.
Our tour guide told us stories about St Patrick, we visited ruined churchs and holy wells. I live in the middle of all this history. St Patrick’s Day is the second most celebrated day after Christmas in the world. Cities throughout the world light up in green. People drink green beer. If you are Irish you are celebrated and welcomed.
Which of the stories about St Patrick is true? Tourists come to Ireland to visit these ancient ruins and read what the history books tell them. I hope they are inspired to look to the God of St Patrick, Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life for everyone today.
The people who lived all those years ago among these walls are now dead. Looking at the broken down stone walls made me fell a little depressed. I thought of the story in Scripture when the women went to the tomb in which Jesus was buried. An angel said He is not here, for he is risen.
I consoled myself with the truth that the God St Patrick believed in, I believe in today in 2016. I can pray to the same God. He is the same God, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the God who healed me from Cancer. It is said St Patrick worked miracles. God worked a miracle for me in 2010, fifteen hundred years later. I celebrate six years Cancer free this Easter Monday.
It is said St Patrick cast snakes out of Ireland. I believe the snakes are symbolic of demons. Jesus said I give you authority to cast out devils. Luke 9 v 1. The believer in Jesus today is given the same authority. Mark 16 v 17. And these signs will follow those who believe, in my name they will drive out demons.
I no longer want to look at ruins. I want to be a living stone, that the scripture speaks of in 1 Peter 2v5, You are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. I want to use the authority Jesus gives me to drive out demons and heal the sick. He delivered me from demons and healed me. What God has done for me he can do for others today.