Here's my favorite St. Paddy's Day riddle. Ready?
Q: "What's green and stays out all night?"
A: "Paddy O'Furniture"
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I thought I would share a picture from my honeypot collection. This is one of my "newer" pots. It's from 1979 and I picked it up at a thrift store. I think it's sweet. It makes me think of warm weather.
Patrick's zeal for spreading the Good News is spelled out clearly through most of the book. Here we find Patrick explaining what he believes to the king's son:
"But here is how we have been saved. Jesus Christ, Who was God as well as man, came into the world and died on the Cross for us. It is Jesus Who suffered and died for our sins. It is He Who died in our place." p. 75And here we find Patrick's legendary object lesson of the Trinity:
"This is really silly." The Druid laughed. "How can one god be three persons?"Patrick smiled and bent over to pluck a shamrock from the grass. Holding it up, he said, "This shamrock has three leaves and a stem. It is only complete the way it grows, yet although it has a stem and three leaves, it is only one shamrock. So it is with my God." p. 147
Oddly enough, by the end of the book there seems to be a shift in the message. In the exciting chapter, "Patrick Overcomes the Power of the Druids", we find Patrick obliterating the Druids' huge stone idol. Just look at the dust jacket picture! Immediately after the idol fell and smashed into a million pieces, we read this exchange between Patrick and an impressed onlooker:
"Teach us, O holy Patrick, the true path, and we shall follow it," he implored. "Tell us what to do."Huh? Did I miss something here? Well, this is exactly why this book is worth reading and discussing with your students.
"Just learn to be friends with God," Patrick said simply. p.165
Happy St. Patrick's Day!