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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

When I think of Ireland, I think of a place that has known more than its share of sad and difficult days.  But those things only make me grateful for my Irish ancestry because it is a reminder to me of their determination to overcome.  It speaks to me of our faithful Lord who will not abandon us in our trials.  He will come to us.  And no matter what evil befalls us, He is greater, and His grace endures forever.  I don’t need green food coloring.  I don’t need to wear green (I tell people my red hair is Irish enough and if they pinch me they’ll find out how much).  I’d much rather celebrate the substance at the heart of an overcoming people.

One of my favorite albums is In Christ Alone featuring music from three different recording artists: Margaret Becker, Maire Brennan (of the Irish group Clannad), and Joanne Hogg (of the British group Iona).  The album is a testament to unity in worship between Catholic and Protestant, Irish and British and American.  It’s a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day greeting card for our loving Creator.  One of my favorite songs from the album is “Jesus Draw Me Ever Nearer”:

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