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Saint Patricks Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, so many people celebrate this day, wear green, have parades, and well use it as a day to drink and party, and celebrate in so many different secular ways.

But do you know that actually, it was a day to honor a man named Patricus, who was later deemed St. Patrick?

He was a missionary and Bishop that was responsible for leading the people of Ireland to Christianity.

But before that happened, he was captured at 16 years of age, and taken to Ireland as a slave, and was a keeper of animals.

For six years he was held captive there, finally escaped back to his home country, which is believed to be Roman Britain.

He went on to become a missionary and Bishop in the 5th century, and then he went back to Ireland in 432 to lead the people to Christianity.

It is said that he used the green clover as a way of explaining the trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

He was also responsible for the building of Monasteries, Churches, and schools during this time.

He passed away on March 17, 461. Hence the reason St. Patricks day is always celebrated on that day.

Originally, Saint Patrick’s Day was a celebration of the Roman Catholic feast day honoring the patron Saint who brought Christianity to the Irish countryside.

However, later it became just another secular holiday, celebrated by people and kids most everywhere.

It was largely the immigrants of Ireland coming to America that started the secular celebration with parades and celebrations, even to the point of coloring some of the rivers and fountains across America green.

The first parade and celebration were held in Boston in 1737, then New York started the parades in 1762, and Chicago really jumped on board in 1962 by coloring their river green every year since.

So we celebrate St. Patricks day with the wearing of the green, and clovers, drinking, parties, and parades.

Growing up in my school days I remember all the kids pinching you on this day if you didn’t have on green, and if that wasn’t mean enough they would pinch you the next day if you wore green.

I never knew how that mean act of pinching got started, it certainly doesn’t go along with the celebration of a Saint leading people to Christianity.

But anyway, Saint Patricks Day will be here soon, so as it approaches and people make plans, take the time to remember the real reason for this Holiday.

Till next time….

What is Love?

What is Love?

I think that if you asked a hundred people that question, you would a variety of answers.

To some, love is giddy, joy, happiness, romance, relationships, marriage, fun times, memorable moments.

There’s love for mates, spouses, a child, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, family, friends, Church family.

There’s even love for animals lovers, the dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, fish, even a horse somebody rides.

There’s a love of hobbies: gardening, reading, shopping, crafts, hiking, fishing, hunting, Nascar, baseball, football.

There’s a love of some professions, they love their job, it fits them, and they take joy in it, it makes them happy.

There’s a love for food, everybody seems to have their favorites, and they love it, for me its caramel frappes.

There’s love for nature: some love the mountains, some flowers, some the beach, some the desert, or the rivers.

There’s a love for music; some it’s country, or rock, or gospel, or jazz, or classical, or rap or pop, maybe easy listening,

There are so many answers to the question, “What is Love?”

But for today, on this Valentines Day, I’m going to describe love from two points of view.

My view of love is caring for someone so much that you think of them several times a day, you smile when you see them pulling up at home, you do little things for them, “just because.”

You rejoice with them when they are happy, and you hurt with them when they are sad, or having a tough time.

You love them just as they are, no you may not like everything about them, but you simply love them as is.

You see them at their best and see them at their worst, yet you so very much still love them.

You enjoy their company, holding hands, walks together, sharing things together, or just simply sitting together talking, or maybe not saying anything at all, just simply being together, content as can be.

Love is trust and respect for one another; kindness and compromise; affection and laughter.

Love is hanging on through the hard times as well as the good times.

Love is helping when they are sick, in any and every way possible to help them feel better.

Love is being true, honest and faithful, putting them first above others.

To me, that is some of the attributes of love.

But the best way to describe love is from God’s point of view, after all, He is the creator of love.

He loved us so much that He offered His only Son, Jesus Christ on a cross, for us to have salvation.

God says we are to love Him, and we are to love others as we love ourselves.

And to quote the verses on love, I always go to the Holy Bible, I Corinthians Chapter 13, verses 4 – 8.

Verse 4 – Love suffereth long and is kind, love envieth not, love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

Verse 5 – Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil.

Verse 6 – Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.

Verse 7 – Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Verse 8 – Love never faileth!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day, and I hope that all the love that is shown today is true and wonderful.

But my real hope and prayer is that it doesn’t end today, but we practice it every day with everybody.

From my heart to yours: Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the day where love is in the air.

My thoughts have changed about this day over the years.

When I was a child, I loved it.

Drawing all the artwork at school with construction paper, cutting out hearts, all the glue, and glitter.

The joys of taking it home to your parents, grinning from ear to ear.

The fun of picking out just the right box of valentines to give to your classmates.

Trying to not let it show that some kids you liked more than others.

All those cute little heart-shaped candies, that says be mine, decorated cupcakes and so on.

Valentine’s day as a child is simply sweet.

Then come the teen years, with the crushes and boyfriends or girlfriends.

Oh, now it’s the real cards, those Hallmark cards, that are all sweet and romantic, maybe candy or flowers, or both.

Blushing, hugs and a kiss, maybe a date, or maybe even an I love you.

Much to the chagrin of us parents.

Fast forward a bit, the adult years.

Marriage, children, and life as a married couple.

Those cards are still given, often candy and flowers as well, and dinner out, or maybe a special dinner at home with candlelight.

Oh, and the gifts have gotten a bit more expensive for some, a lot more expensive for others.

Women now often expect something special to slip into, and of course jewelry.

But, for me, at least, even though my dear darling husband always gets me things, usually a romantic card, and flowers.

I’ve come to really prefer something that will last, like a living plant I can put in the garden in the Spring to enjoy forever.

Maybe a sentimental object that I can look at and cherish and treasure for years to come.

But most importantly of all, you know how everybody treats their loved ones so very special on this one day of love.

I would prefer to have every day of my life be the way it is on Valentine’s day, wouldn’t you? 

Each and every day filled with kindness, love, and adoration for one another.

That to me is the greatest gift for Valentine’s day, a day of love and kindness that just repeats itself every day for the rest of our lives.

Happy Valentines Day Everybody!!!!!

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