Posts tagged ‘Ireland’

March 4, 2011

Surprise

Surprise! My mom made this lovely shamrock runner for my March table. When I was born, the nurses hung little shamrocks on my bassinet and served my mother grasshopper pie for dessert. It’s no wonder I enjoy celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

Doesn’t the sweet shamrock teacup my son brought home for me from his summer in Ireland look absolutely perfect?  Bring on the corned beef and cabbage!

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

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June 17, 2009

Another Irish Prayer

May your day be filled with blessings
Like the sun that lights the sky,
And may you always have the courage
To spread your wings and fly!

Celtic Cross

Our oldest son, Drake, will soon be leaving for a summer long missions trip to Northern Ireland with Teen Mission International (TMI). The fact I can write those words means that I’m not completely in denial – it is literally 3 days away!

His journey will take him first to Merrit Island, Florida, for Bootcamp. This primitive 2 week training includes team building with an early morning obstacle course run, brick laying and other construction training, and evangelism courses. He will be living in a tent, hand-washing his clothes, and doing physical labor. The purpose is to train teens for missionary work around the world.

Next, he and his team will depart for Dublin, Ireland, via Canada. They will then bus to Northern Ireland where the remainder of the summer will be spent in dormitories, and working with a local youth missionary organization. He will not only be evangelizing and partnering with Fringe Youth Works, but also doing light physical labor.

To say my emotions are mixed is an understatement. I’m so proud and excited for him, yet my heart is breaking! As a former TMI team member (Glasgow, Scotland), I know first-hand what a live-changing experience it is – he will never be the same! While I’ve had months to prepare myself to let go, I’m finding it difficult to let go.

My niece, Ashley, is also going on her first TMI trip (following in her mother’s footsteps). Her summer will be spent in Malawi, Africa, washing the feet of AIDS orphans. Sweetie, I‘m completely enviously and totally proud of you, too!

This Irish prayer is my prayer for Drake and his companions as they prepare and leave for the Emerald Isle. It is also reminiscent of a poignant song about a parent singing over a child especially the lines, “It’s not living if you don’t reach for the sky. I’ll have tears as you take off, but I’ll cheer as you fly.Godspeed, my dear one!

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March 17, 2009

An Irish Prayer

607936_28005142May God give you…

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,

A faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.

Years ago when I was in Scotland, I remember peering across the Irish Sea trying to catch but a glimpse of the famed Emerald Isle. Four years later, my sister spent a summer near Dublin, and through her stories and pictures I got a fleeting picture of the people and culture. Ten years later, after reading How the Irish Saved Civilization, I developed a more complete picture and appreciation of all things Irish. Now, 27 years later, my son is preparing for his trip to Eire. And, while he is there this next summer, my heart will be peering across the Irish Sea again trying to catch but a glimpse

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!