Top of the mornin’ to ya! That was my Americanized version of a traditional Irish greeting. Really, what do you expect from a lass that’s only 1/16 Irish? Still, my wee bit o’ Irish blood and my love of the color “green” makes me leap like a leprechaun (with joy, of course!) Since I’ve blogged about St. Patrick’s Day in the past, I invite you to check out my fascinating discourse on Mickey D’s Shamrock Shakes, among other items of interest.
Last week, I passed a church sign displaying part of St. Patrick’s famous prayer, “The Lorica” (a.k.a. “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”). Immediately, I turned around and snapped this photo (as well as several others from their spring garden—to be featured next week in a photo essay).
The Lorica is one of my favorite prayers (and the part about “sorcerers” makes me chuckle, though we would be wise to pray about such things), especially the “Christ within me” section. To read the full prayer, go here (saintly pic of Patrick included). Print it out and use it as a bookmark in your Bible. (If you use it to mark the Lord’s Prayer, you have a double-prayer win!)
Since I haven’t done Friday Faves in a good, long while, much to your chagrin, I will attempt to keep this brain dump short and sweet. Truth be told, I haven’t been prowling around blogs and websites these past few months, so I’m fairly out of the loop. Being in the loop tends to make me dizzy, so perhaps we’re all better off.
Focusing on God, being quiet before Him, reading my Bible, and practicing contemplative prayer are far more valuable to me right now. I feel my sweet season under the broom tree is coming to an end; it’s a bittersweet reality. My Mary heart longs to rest in God, but I am urged to rest in Him while living life outside the cloister of my apartment.
So, that’s it…oh, wait, you want some linkage, don’t you? Silly me! Alright, here’s what I’ve been reading about all over the Interwebs…
*If you’re been raised in the Church, you already know what words like “anointing” and “salvation” mean, but if you’re new to all these wacky Christian terms, or just need a refresher, then you need to learn “Christianese.” There are many sites that offer explanations on Christianese and church culture at large–including one of my faves, Stuff Chrsitians Like, run by Jon Acuff (Read Jon’s Take 5). This apologetics blog offers a “Christianese Dictionary,” with helpful definitions and no snark at all. If you’re into snark, you better check out Matthew Paul Turner at Jesus News New P.R. While you’re there, check out this hilarious pic of Jesus’ resurrection drawn by a 4th Grader.
*Way back in February author/pastor Pete Wilson wrote a great blog post about jesting called, “What Does Being Sarcastic Say About You?” In his honest, yet frank style, Wilson asks himself about his own issues with sarcasm, but mostly quotes the article. A lot. I could send you to the article itself, but Pete Wilson has such cool hipster hair, you should really just go to his blog instead.
*I’m so out of touch with “Friday Faves” I don’t even know which of these links I used, so if anything is a repeat, just count yourself doubly blessed. Randy Elrod, who knows Philip Yancey, wrote a great post a couple months ago about failure. It’s called, “Why Our Mistakes Must Not Be Allowed to Define Us.” I often think that when people see me, they only remember me for my failures, and lately, through meeting up with old friends, I realize it is not true at all. I have allowed my mistakes to define me…and others have not.
While I’d like to include more fascinating linkage, it’s not the morning anymore. In fact, we’re heading right through the afternoon into the dinner hour, so I’d better wrap things up. Tell me how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (I get a Shamrock Shake)…and what is your favorite “Christianese” term? Are you sarcastic? What does that say about you? Do you let your mistakes define you? Are you excited about Brinley the Shih Tzu Puppy?