From the Parsonage…
There’s an old saying that “March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb.” Judging by the weather we’ve been having, I’m pretty sure the first part of that will come true. And, if that’s so, then I can hardly wait until the end of the month!
Thinking of March brings to mind St. Patrick’s Day and the
“wearing of the green.” According to tradition, the patron saint of
Ireland was a British slave in Gaelic Ireland after being kidnapped at the
age of sixteen. Patrick found God during this time,
and, after escaping, he eventually returned to bring
Christianity to the Irish people. After his death on
March 17, 461, stories of his life became part of the
Irish culture. Although he is often known as the man
who drove the “snakes” out of Ireland, this was actually an allegory referring to his efforts to rid the country of the pagan “druids.” He was also known for explaining the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) by using the three leaves of a native clover, the shamrock, which has become an Irish symbol. So…this holiday is about much more than green beer and parties!
March seems to be a good time for new beginnings of various kinds, and I’ve been trying to think of ways to offer more to the ladies of the church, especially those who are available during the day and don’t really enjoy getting out at night. There are so many things we could delve into, just as I did in finding out more about St. Patrick’s Day. My thought is to host a morning Bible Study once a week, but I’d love to hear from those of you who might be interested before I make any final plans for this. You all know where to find me!
The month of March also represents the end of the winter season and, hopefully, the beginning signs of spring! The dull, dark days that literally make me want to hibernate start to lighten up. Daylight hours seem to get longer, and the sun shines more frequently. The sky even appears blue again instead of gray, and the clouds no longer look threatening. The grass starts to green up, and there’s even an occasional daffodil that peeps out of the cold ground. All these things serve to remind me that brighter, warmer days are truly ahead. And that’s something to look forward to!
“And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will
be heat; and it cometh to pass.”