March. A month of swings from wintry chills and springtime thrills. Snow boots and flip-flops (well almost). It is the month we celebrate St. Patrick's Day and think of shamrocks, leprechauns, Irish food, all things green and Irish Blessings. Some are sweet, some are funny and some are... well, so Irish.
I like this Irish Blessing and framed and copy to include on a tray with other seasonal keepsakes.
May 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.”
It seems there is an Irish blessing for any and all occasions. Here are a few you might like.
May joy and peace surround you,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now
and bless you evermore!
May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
May the dreams you hold dearest,
be those which come true,
and the kindness you spread
keep returning to you.
May your troubles be less
and your blessings be more
and nothing but happiness
come through your door
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
May you always walk in the sunshine.
May you never want for more.
And Irish Angels rest their wings right beside your door.
St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and annual feast day celebrating the patron saint the day is named after. It has become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat foods like corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and lamb stew.
It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people. According to Irish legend, St. Patrick used the humble three-leafed shamrock plant as a metaphor for the Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland. The humble shamrock was a teaching tool. St. Patrick is said to have used the three-leaved plant to explain the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) to the pagan Irish.
Here are a few I might not call blessings, but rather amusing all the same.
May those who love us love us.
And those that don't love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.
As you slide down the banister of life,
may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.
Here's to you and yours
And to mine and ours.
And if mine and ours
Ever come across to you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!
Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
but beautiful old people are works of art
May you have hindsight know where you've been,
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.
“You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was.”
Irish blessings are welcoming, warm and usually about looking at situations in a positive, lighthearted way. I leave you with these words...
A prayer of Saint Patrick:
May the strength of God pilot us.
The wisdom of God instruct us.
The hand of God protect us.
The word of God direct us
When I count my many blessings I count you twice.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.