Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Y’all.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(traditional gaelic blessing)
For anybody out there of Irish descent I greet you with your traditional blessing above.
Being a transplanted Texan I just have to give my own version of a non-traditional blessing to all y’all.
May the trail be ever gentle on yer horse.
May the wind never knock yer hat off.
May clouds protect you from that blast-furnace sun;
the rains keep yer holding ponds full
and until we see each other next time,
may nothin’ touch y’all that ain’t first passed through the Good Lord’s hand.
Okay, I admit, this ain’t as catchy as the original version. It likely has a bit too much realism in it to become a classic, but, it is Texan. I think I just heard an AMEN from my Texas readers.
I have a feeling Ireland has a much cooler sun than Texas does. No, it isn’t the same sun. I know because I grew up in Michigan. The sun is MUCH hotter in Texas than anything I ever experienced in my former home state. End of discussion.
And the wind must not be much more than a breeze over yonder. This Texas wind will knock a person over no matter which side of your body it strikes. I have to stay skinny so I’m aerodynamic enough to not kiss any more pavement than I already have.
Gentle is NOT a typical rain in Texas. We get so few chances at rain that we’ll accept it in any form it wants to come. Last week I heard a weatherman say we’re already 5 inches below normal for this year and it’s only March. We did get some decent thunderstorms Saturday evening. You see, even thunderstorms are considered a blessing. I think we’re only 3 inches below normal now. Lake levels are our indication of how dry things are.
It’s a given in Texas that we’re in the Father’s hand. John 10:29 says we are so that settles it for us.
In the verse before that one Jesus claims that we’re also in His hand and that no one can snatch us out of His hand, either.
I don’t know about you but that gives me a sound sleep at night. Even after being broken into recently.
Yeah, even that event didn’t catch God by surprise. I kinda think God nudged me awake just before it happened to give me a few extra seconds to wake up to be able to do all that I had to do to scare the heeby-geebies out of those miscreants.
I’m still praying for them to see flipping burgers as a viable option to being on the wrong side of the law.
So, whether you call it a shamrock or a clover, I hope you are blessed today.
I also pray that you accept Jesus’ gift of salvation so you too can experience the security of being in Jesus’ and God’s hands forever.
Keep smiling. Wade