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Irish Rainbow Blessings

Monday, March 02, 2020



Here's part of an old blog I edited and pasted here.



Hope you enjoy.



In honor of the new month of March, and in honor of St. Patrick's Day.



Here is Slemish Mountain, County Antrim, where St. Patrick is said to have worked herding sheep as a kidnapped slave boy:


How many people do you know who would, as an adult, return to the land of your slavers, to preach the gospel to them? And live there voluntarily? St. Patrick did. St. Patrick saw the beauty in them, and looked on them through God's eyes. After God delivered him from slavery and set him free from his captivity, years later he returned. Like Jacob's captivity when his brothers sold him into slavery, they meant it for evil, but God turned it into good and meant it for good, to save many people. St. Patrick reminds me of Jesus, who voluntarily shed his majesty to come here voluntarily to save us. They both did it because of love. The God-kind of love; agape love.



Ireland is green because it has so much rain. And because it has so much rain, it has a LOT of rainbows.


Antrim, Northern Ireland

The "lucky Irish rainbows" have become a theme and part of Ireland's goodwill. But rainbows are originally a sign of a covenant from God.


Double rainbow at Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

That we keep seeing them, after He promised them, means they are also a sign of God's faithfulness, that God keeps his promises to us. I can tell you about the physics of rainbows, yes; but God invented them.



Genesis 9:11-16 NLT
Yes, I am confirming my covenant with you. Never again will floodwaters kill all living creatures; never again will a flood destroy the earth."

Then God said, "I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth."


Ireland

So I love rainbows, the sign of God's covenant and the sign of His faithfulness of promises kept to us, and I love "lucky" Irish rainbows.



Rainbow on the Irish Sea

Many Irish Blessings incorporate rainbows.









Use the contradictions of the holiday as a teaching moment.


Poulnabrone Dolmen is a portal tomb in County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BC to 2900 BC.

Observant lenten Irish would never eat meat or corned beef, which isn't even Irish to begin with.


St. Patrick used the 3 leaf clover to teach Trinity; so what counterfeit does the world come up with? Celebration of the 4-leaf clover, of course, which is a genetic anomaly of nature.


Kilkenny Castle

St. Patrick followed Jesus and because of his faith and his love for the people, the god-kind of love, agape love, he became a missionary. So the world comes up with eros love, kissing, and drunken debauchery as a counterfeit.


Trim Castle

Take back your Christian holidays. Find out about St. Patrick and why so many call him a great man.



Cathedrals aren't built in just anyone's honor, after all.


New York, St. Patrick's Cathedral


Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral


Montreal, St. Patrick's Cathedral


Elizabeth, NJ, St. Patrick's Cathedral


San Francisco, St. Patrick's Cathedral


Armagh, County Ulster, Northern Ireland, St. Patrick's Cathedral


Pune, India, St. Patrick's Cathedral
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