I think it is safe to say, this St. Patrick’s Day is most definitely gonna look different than what you expected—different from your traditions. Parades and parties cancelled, not wearing green to work or school. Well... I actually didn’t even think about it being March 17, until reading this morning.
But I am glad I did!
The words of St. Patrick, "I want to give thanks to God without ceasing," have more significant impact on this St. Patrick’s feast day 2020. I think there are many of us in negative or fearful or anxious places today. The Coronavirus has the world turned upside down.
St. Patrick understood something: in every moment of life there are things to be thankful for. He understood Who it is that rules the day... and all the days. When our world seems to be falling apart, how can we be expected, as Paul tells us, to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?
Again in Philippians 4:4-9, Paul encourages us. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
I choose to dwell on those things now. I challenge you to do the same.
Will you shift your eyes and thoughts a little bit today, as we celebrate St. Patrick in a little different way today? Will you celebrate with thanksgiving today?
I am starting today with the fact that God is not surprised by COVID 19. He has not fallen off of His throne—He is still in control.
🍀Happy St Patrick’s Day from UTK!