Monday, March 17, 2014
We don't really celebrate this day. I do remember parades in Pittsburgh when I was little. My sister and I had green sequin costumes from the Marching Kelly Green's as little girls may be 5 and 6 years old. Oh ya, white boots too with tassels. I don't have the boots. We twirled the baton and marched with about 15 girls. It was a really big deal for us at the time. I still have that little costume :). We have a parade in Birmingham but I will not attend this today. I looked up the day's meaning and wondered about why so much drinking is associated with this day when it is a celebration of Christianity reaching Ireland. Now I understand it's a "FREE to DRINK" day in the middle of lent for many people who have/or are supposed to refrain for lent. Well no drinking for me ever due to WLS surgery, and that's ok, I never have drank more than a glass of wine 2-3 times a year. Here's the info for those who wondered:
Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461). Saint Patrick's Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday's tradition of alcohol consumption.
For me I am sticking to my Fast and no candies while Feasting on God's word. Man yesterday I could not get enough. It was a great service and it addressed the FIT Lesson 2014 goals. We studied the word SOZO which in Greek means deliverance from you current disposition of your mind, body, spirit and soul. I have asked God to help me be fit physically, emotionally, and spiritually and he answered I already have, you just didn't know it.... SOZO means Saved referring to the Spirit being renewed so you can enter into a relationship with GOD, Healed referring to you physical body being healed and healthy, and Soul meaning deliverance from the mind, will, and emotions. Oh my, I have had the answer all along I just limited salvation to the English understanding of the Spirit and it was intended to be so much more. So I already have SOZO in my life and am claiming the full intention of Salvation not just the Spiritual aspect.
I have a sore throat today with this warm/cold/rainy/warm/freezing/
wet/warm strange weather we are having in ALABAMA. I have avoided this so far but am gargling as a good steward of this body to help knock it out. I don't want to be sick. MY husband has it :( and I don't want it. Jesus I pray for healing in the complete intention of SOZO. Heal my mind and emotions and my physical aliments with the Complete Faith I have in the Spirit. I have utmost complete and secure confidence of Salvation and a relationship with you, there fore I have equal confidence in the same for my mind and body. AMEN
HOPE you find SOZO in your life, my journey to mature physically, emotionally and Spiritually continues and I am excited about this journey and growth.