Monday, March 14, 2011

When Patrick Came to Ireland

From Blog11

When Patrick came to Ireland,
As brave as he was good,
He told the folk of Jesus
As truly as he could.
He preached in love among them
Until they understood
The sacrifice of Jesus
Upon a cross of wood.

When Patrick came to Ireland,
As good as he was brave,
He lived the word among them,
As humble as a slave.
He showed a way of living--
A whole new isle he gave
By giving them the message
Of Jesus, strong to save.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
--Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV

My thanks to Magpie Tales for prompting me to write about Ireland. Follow the link for other people's thoughts about Ireland.

You can read more about the life of St. Patrick here and here.

Wonderful new hymns are being written by Keith and Kristyn Getty (from Ireland, but now living in the USA).

12 comments:

haze said...

oh i love this poem...
favorite magpie of the day?
maybe!

<3

Jingle said...

saved through faith?
by grace..

lovely piece.
a story very wittily told.

Arian Tejano said...

wow. you echo stephane crane's voice in this.

Christine said...

He preached in love among them, wonderful.

gautami tripathy said...

Wonderful magpie!

coloured perspective

dfish said...

Neat poem.

The historical record indicates that Patrick was the devoted Christian of tradition, and was killed for opposing the church leadership. Later, he was canonized to quell Irish opposition.

Tess Kincaid said...

Wonderful tribute to St. Patrick, Jim.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, each one, for your encouraging comments. dfish, the sources I've looked at disagree with your comment. Since Patrick lived so long ago and since accounts of his death seem to vary, we may never know the exact details until the Lord's return.

Lucy Westenra said...

So there's no truth in the urban legend that "he gave the snakes and toads a twist that bothered them for ever" Very engaging poem.

versebender said...

Well crafted...excellent write. vb

Jim Swindle said...

Lucy Westenra, I don't know whether he drove snakes out of Ireland, but he certainly dealt a dreadful blow to the Devil, that old snake, who no longer had full reign in Ireland.
versebender, thanks. Any credit goes to the Lord, who enables any of us who write well.

Carrie Burtt said...

Love the flow,message,and rhyme in this poem Jim....:-)