From Claude Williams

March 12, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Well, "sure and b'gorra", the Irish holiday is coming up next week with the "wearin o' the green" and all. Many of us enjoy the Irish festivities our friends and families celebrate on St. Patrick's Day. We enjoy the "green" of it all, and doesn't it also kind of signal the coming of Spring. Going "green" with energy and food, but the color green could be a sad reminder of the great Irish famine of the 1840s in Ireland.

In the 1846 era a blight destroyed almost every potato crop in Ireland, leaving just enough of the crop to feed people for one month! To survive, people began to eat anything edible they found in the forests or seas such as roots, worms, shellfish and even plain grass from the yards! About one million Irish people died during that six-year famine. And about 2.1 million chose to leave Ireland for hopes of a future in another country, some 70% of those settling in the US.

The overseas voyage to the great unknown (America) was long and very difficult, and when the people arrived they did not know if they would be then allowed into this new strange country. Most of those coming did not know anyone here, they had little or nothing, did not know the local language and the customs of this 'strange' place. Just imagine what that must have been like when they landed in this new country and did not have anyone to help them through the immigration process and know where to live, they were determined to survive and even thrive.

Jesus too came into a strange new place, suffered persecution and death, but knew that He would be in the hands of Hi Father on the other side. It makes all the difference. Jesus says to me, "when you face death, "Look Up" for me on the other side! Now that's someone I would want to get to know!

Jesus offers true hope and real joy. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life", and again, "Come unto me, all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest". Many of our friends  while living here in the land of plenty struggle through a famine of knowing and enjoying our Lord and His goodness. As believers, we have God's truth to apply to the famine our friends face daily. Feed the spiritually hungry, our mission.