St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated for many reasons.  *The story of St. Patrick goes back to the fifth century when the young man brought Christianity to Ireland.

We see one of the important elements of the day to be the coming together at the table.  

And . . . at TableThink . . . everyone is invited to take a seat at the table.

Of course . . . the table . . .  has been a focal point from century to century. It’s vital for humanity to reserve time to gather, to believe, to share hope, and to value one another at the table. It’s key to living the best life. Because . . . the table is the place of commonality . . . and unity in our differences as well as similarities.

The thing is . . . Jesus used the table to the highest level . . . giving words which have been repeated since that night.   He began the memorable conversation welcoming each one, underlining the anticipation of taking a seat at the table with each one.  The word, with, is key and worth thinking on:

This one night at the table centuries and centuries ago is a life-marker for all of humanity.  

The table is is essential for living a healed and full life.  And, yet, the busyness and pressures of life deplete the desire to take a seat at the table and do the deep work of relationship building as Jesus did.

When you get down to it, taking a seat at the table with one another is a healthy practice, one that shifts how life is viewed.  The table is a central piece of living the best life. 

May you experience the gift of the table today and be blessed by the following words of St.  Patrick, the 2nd Bishop and Patron Saint of Ireland:

“May the strength of God pilot us.
May the power of God preserve us.
May the wisdom of God instruct us.
May the hand of God protect us, this day and evermore.”

And. 

“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 where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every one who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.”

*History.com has an interesting video to watch: The History of St Patrick’s Day.

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