This weekend, people around the world will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a day which has become known for pints and pubs and partying.
What many may not realize is that the holiday began as a way to honor the man who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick. The man who wrote these words.
May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us.
And I know why the meaning of a holiday gets lost, buried by leprechauns and pots ‘o gold. It’s because the enemy of our souls wants to keep us in the dark about what really matters.
He convinces us that some feverish pursuit of fun and revelry will bring us happiness. But, the truth is, only God can give us the eternal joy we seek.
We read in Acts 2 where the apostle Peter told the gathering crowd on the day of Pentecost that the new believers were ” not drunk, as you suppose.” He went on to explain that what they were seeing was the outpouring of God’s Spirit.
And, in Ephesians 5, we are given these instructions:
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The rest of the world will be displaying their definition of “party” this weekend, but Christians have another definition altogether.
Below is a song by Ceili Rain. I’m a long-time fan of the music of this Christian band whose name is a giveaway of their Irish-infused sound. Their website explains:
The Gaelic word “Céili” (pronounced kay-lee) means “party”, specifically one with live musicians, dancing, and general merriment for an all-ages crowd. “Coeli” is a form of the Latin word for “heaven”. Rain is English, meaning downpour. Thus, Ceili Rain is a “downpour of heavenly partiness.”
I’ll admit. This may be an unusual worship song, but nonetheless, it is just that. And “heavenly partiness” is just a quirky way of saying that our joy comes from the Spirit of God. So all our celebrations should be God-honoring because He has given us a real reason to celebrate.
I hope you enjoy the following video with song lyrics included. The pictures are pretty and you can pretend you’re in Ireland for a few minutes!
One thing though…some words were mistyped such as “body” which should be “party” and “heartiness” which should be “partiness” and a few others but you’ll get the idea.
If you have trouble viewing the video below, click here.
may the wind be ever at your back.
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.