Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day was always a special day around our house growing up as a child. My little sister, Sheila, was born on St. Patrick's Day on my Aunt Eva's birthday, so we always celebrated two birthdays of two special people in the family on the same day. Mom always baked a white cake with a great big green shamrock on it to help celebrate the event. Sheila always got little "shamrock" gifts to let her know she was born on a special day. Happy Birthday, Sheila! Hope you have a wonderful day. Aunt Eva is in heaven celebrating her life with God for eternity.

We've all heard the wonderful Irish blessing that warms our hearts on St. Patrick's Day:

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rain fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Yesterday I received from an e-mail friend this beautiful thought that I would like to leave with you today, and hopefully it may help you to turn your focus away from whatever problems you may be facing to see the hand of God at work in and through them.

"Once there was a man who asked God for a flower and a butterfly.
But instead God gave him a cactus and a caterpillar.
The man was sad, he didn't understand why his request was mistaken.
Then he thought: Oh, well,, God has too many people to care for...and decided not to question.
After some time, the man went to check up on his request that he had left forgotten.
To his surprise, from the thorny and ugly cactus a beautiful flower had grown.
And the unsightly caterpillar had been transformed into the most beautiful butterfly.
God always does things right! His way is always the best way even if to us it seems all wrong.
If you asked God for one thing and received another, TRUST.
You can be sure that He will always give you what you need at the appropriate time.
What you want is not always what you need!
God never fails to grant our petitions so keep on going without doubting or murmuring.
Today's thorn is tomorrow's flower.
God gives the very best to those who leave the choices up to HIM!

May God truly bless you on this day and every day and meet your every need in His way and in His timing!


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