Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone! I have not one lick of Irish in me, but green is my favorite color, and I love the story of the real Saint Patrick, so let’s celebrate!
First of all, you need to know the story of the real Saint Patrick. I’m sad to say I did not know a thing until I watched Lutfi’s Fanciful Flannelgraph from the VeggieTales – Sumo Of The Opera DVD. I love Lufti and his little flannelgraph – you need to see this! It gives you a nice synopsis of Saint Patrick’s story in about 5 entertaining minutes that you and your kids will love!
Once you see it, go grab some paint and some potatoes, because we’re going to make shamrock potato stamps that will help illustrate the Trinity for our children – the same way Saint Patrick used shamrocks to illustrate the Trinity to the Irish.
Using a pencil, outline a shamrock shape (3 leaves only for the illustration! a 4 leaf clover won’t do!) onto half of a cut potato. Then use a paring knife to carefully carve away the outline – I only cut about a quarter of an inch away below the design, and it was plenty. Give the kids some paper, some paint, and let them stamp away.
Did you know that Saint Patrick used to be associated with the color blue? Since blue’s a favorite in our house, we used it as well as the traditional green.
As the boys stamped, I sang a simple little song that I remember from way back – sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”/”Frere Jacques”:God the Father, God the Father, God the Son, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit, Three in One! Three in One!
By the time we finished stamping, Elias was singing along with me. I used the shamrock to show him how God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are three different things, like the leaves on the shamrock, but they are all a part of the one God, like the whole shamrock.
What a wonderful example Saint Patrick has given us – not only the illustration of the shamrock for the Trinity, but also of his heart for those who do not know the Lord! I pray that we all might follow his example.
How about you – are you and your kids doing anything fun this Saint Patrick’s Day?
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