There are movements beginning all over the world. Movements that are using media, sound bytes, colors, drama, dancing, rock music, rap music, opera, polka, punk, ska, reggae, choir, and even Hymns. They are using food, movies, flashing lights, smoke machines, candles, incense, meditation. There are ministries for smokers, drinkers, hookers, homeless, gamblers, and your average Joes. Sometimes the church will launch a new ministry, and when our attendance increases, we’ll pat ourselves on the back. May we remember, this didn’t start with us…this didn’t even start with St. Patrick, though he did a great job of utilizing it.
Jesus Christ walked the earth until his 30’s. He lived among the people. He got to know them, and understood their language and their culture. He laughed with their joys, and he cried with their pains. So maybe this started with Jesus Christ? That’s where I thought I’d go with this.
But the truth is…this all started with God the creator.
He created something out of dust, and breathed life into it. He loved it, because it came from him. God wanted to show love, and minister to this creation. And so He created a partner for it…woman. They had been given a garden. Full of beauty meant to affect the senses. Sounds of life, living creatures. Visual affects of flowers, amazing animals with colors so gorgeous. Fruits so delicious, sounds so harmonious, sights so beautiful, soft grasses, communion with a living God. Everything about this was designed for mankind to worship God through.
I close with the end of a prayer known as St. Patrick’s “Breastplate” Prayer:
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself the Name,
The strong Name of the Trinity;
By invocation of the same.
The Three in One, and One in Three,
Of Whom all nature hath creation,
Eternal Father, Spirit, Word:
Praise to the Lord of my salvation,
Salvation is of Christ the Lord.