Dublin’s Doors

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I am one of the lucky souls who has been able to travel to Ireland and see Dublin as well as the surrounding Irish countryside. What a stunningly beautiful country with verdant shades of green on their buildings and throughout the landscape. It is really even more lovely than shown in photos.

Dublin features beautiful historic buildings with vibrant painted front doors. It’s exciting to walk on cobblestone streets across famous bridges and neighborhoods that have seen so much that is good in this world and so much that is also bad over the centuries. The people of Ireland are especially friendly and cordial. No one is a stranger in Ireland. If you knock at a Dublin door…chances are you will be welcomed.

On this St. Patrick’s Day in 2014, I want you to know there is more to this holiday than excess drinking and revelry. There really was a great man who changed Ireland for the better and led them into the Christian faith. Originally from England but brought to Ireland as a slave; St. Patrick used his time as a slave to embrace Christianity. Even after he was freed to England, St. Patrick chose instead to return to Ireland and minister to the Irish. The Celtic cross that so many of us cherish was designed by St. Patrick. He was a true man of God who loved Ireland passionately.

Matthew 7:7 says: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

I wonder what St. Patrick would think today? Not just of Ireland but of the world? A world that still greatly needs God more than ever. The patron Saint of Ireland would want better for all of us. May it be so.