St. Patrick’s Day was very special to Mrs. Green. Many years ago when Mrs. Green was 16 she learned about St. Patrick. She had a paper to write in school and she chose St. Patrick as her subject. She spent hours and hours at the library learning about how St. Patrick was captured by a band of pirates at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland where he worked as a shepherd for six years. In that time he developed a strong relationship with God and accepted Christ as his savior, giving him his life and developing a strong relationship with him. It was not that he felt he was very, very good, it was more that he knew how much he needed God.
Mrs. Green felt a connection with St. Patrick. She was 16 as well and even at that young age she wanted to do something good with her life. She wanted that strong connection to God. She knew, just as St. Patrick did, that she needed God. She knew it stronger than she had known anything in her life.
She loved that St. Patrick escaped and returned to his family only to decide return again to Ireland and minister to her ancestors.
Every St. Patrick’s Day Mrs. Green remembered the small garden outside the library where she walked after learning so much about St. Patrick. She remembered thinking how so many years ago a 16 year old boy was kidnapped by pirates and taken away to a foreign land. It struck her that God works in mysterious ways that we cannot completely understand. Had St. Patrick not been captured by pirates and taken away to Ireland, her ancestors would not have learned of Jesus and the wonderful true gift of grace God offers everyone. She may never have learned of God, or Jesus, or grace, or salvation. It was awesome to think that someone born in the year 373 could have such an impact on her.
As the 16 year old Mrs. Green walked in the library garden that day she looked down and right before her was a four leaf clover. She decided at that very moment she would give her life to Christ. She would serve him, even in the smallest ways. And when Mrs. Green could not fathom why God chose to do things the way He did, she would remember St. Patrick and how this 16 year old boy born in the year 373 had changed her life in the best possible way, forever.
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