When I think of St. Patrick, I ponder celebrating life the way the Irish do. I think of the rich green pastures of Ireland, relaxing and having a beer at the pub, the way St. Patrick would point to the Trinity by holding up a three leaf clover and the ways our Creator is expressed in Life (which includes us).
It reminded me of this parable today:
"One day, a wealthy man took his son into the country to show the boy how poor people lived. On their way home, the dad asked his son, "Now do you have an idea of how poor people live?" The son said "Yeah." So the dad said, "What did you learn?"
The son answered:
"I saw that most of them had a few happy dogs running around their yard and we have one who sleeps most of the day while we're gone. We have a pool that goes to our garden and they have a creek that doesn't end. We have fancy lanterns lighting up our garden at night but they can really see the stars. We have a nice, fenced yard but they live on fields that go further than you can see. We have servants but they seem to enjoy serving each other and their community. We have walls around our property while they protect each other. We're comfortable but pretty cooped up and anxious. They seem more free. Kinda makes me wonder what it really means to be rich."
The boys father was speechless as he yearned to live differently.
Let's keep trying to embrace the miraculous ways of Life in us as well as around us. More power to you in whatever helps you move freely with the Creative Forces of God that give Life. Thanks for encouraging me in the same and thanks for journeying together!
(The next class on the rest that works starts on April 5th. Here's a link to the details: http://www.therestthatworks.com/events-calendar.html
I hope you can come!)