Saint Patrick's Day Devotion

The life of Saint Patrick helps Brock Kidd see that God is present in every moment of our lives.

By Brock Kidd, Nashville, Tennessee

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He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:5

My birthday falls on March 14, just three days shy of St. Patrick's Day. So through the years, many of my birthday parties have conveniently adopted a St. Patrick's Day theme. Just imagine pots of fake gold for centerpieces, gold-foiled chocolate coins for favors, and lots of shamrocks and leprechauns perched on cakes. There's really no reason for me to imagine I have anything in common with Patrick, since my forebearers are as much Scottish and English as they are Irish. But since he always shows up at my parents' house on March 14, I decided to better acquaint myself with him.

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The first thing I learned was that he was far from a saint in his early years. Okay, so we had that in common. Patrick was a self-professed pagan and only found the Christian faith during a stint in prison. He studied in a monastery where he found his life's passion. I'm not sure where the leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold came in to the mix, but Patrick spent more than thirty years converting the Celtic Druids and building schools and churches across Ireland.

I also discovered that there is one truth hidden in all those birthday decorations my mom comes up with every year. It's hidden within the green shamrock. History says that Patrick used the shamrock in his sermons as a visual to represent the Trinity, showing how the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can all exist as separate parts of the same entity.

Not a bad takeaway for a sermon or, for that matter, a birthday party!

God, all I have to do is look and I can find You—not just in celebrations, but in everything I see, hear and do.

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My twin sister and I were born on St. Patrick's Day. My oldest daughter was born on my husband's birthday, and I said, "You had a girl born on your birthday; it's only fair for me to have one born on mine." Who would have thought?--I had a daughter born on my birthday 5 years later--on St. Patrick's Day. So, we're used to also having a St. Patrick theme on our birthdays.

I, too, am grateful the love of our Heavenly Father and the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ and His atonement for us, and the guidance and influence of the Holy Ghost. I believe that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are 3 separate beings, but one in purpose, rather than parts of the same entity. (When Jesus was on the cross and asked his Father, "Why hast thou forsaken me?", was he talking to Himself? When He was suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and said, "Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt", was He talking to Himself? Also, several scriptures speak of Jesus "standing on the right hand of God": Mark 16:19, Acts 2:33, Acts 7:55, Romans 8:34, Colossians 3: 1.) Even if we differ on our beliefs in the Godhead, we are fellow followers of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and guides us, and that our Savior, Jesus Christ, paid the price for our sins so that we can be resurrected and live with Him again some day.