By Pastor Brad Froslee
from the Blessing of St. Patrick
As I arise today,
may the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me,
the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me,
the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me,
the way of God lie before me,
the shield of God defend me,
the host of God save me.
May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Reflection: As a Lutheran and Scandinavian, I didn't know much about St. Patrick growing up (in fact my Irish and Catholic friends gave me a bad time because my family was more apt to celebrate St. Urho—the fairly fictitious Finnish saint). And as I grew older there were always the questions of what was real and what was myth of this "Irish" saint. Yet, I have come to see that in St. Patrick there is a faithful witness to one who feels called to preach the gospel, to care for others, to go into uncomfortable times and places. St. Patrick can offer a word of hope and word of strength to others. The blessing above is attributed to St. Patrick and invites us to know God's care over, around, and within us. On this St. Patrick's Day 2020, may you be upheld in knowing that God in Christ is with you.
Prayer: God, go with me this day--before, behind, above, beneath, and within. Help me to face this day with open eyes and ears and a caring heart. Amen.
Bio: Brad Froslee, has served as pastor at St. Michael's Lutheran Church for just over three years. He enjoys writing, doing genealogy, singing, going for walks by the river, and spending time with family and friends. Most recently he has stayed busy cheering on his son at basketball games and is dreaming about warmer weather.