The Leprechauns Come to Tea

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Week!

And, how better to enjoy a Tuesday teatime during such a week than to have some leprechauns come for tea!

Here they are – dropping out of the willow in a shower of shamrocks and pots of gold!

Seamus has brought his harp for a little entertainment – and perhaps some festive clogging!

And, I have borrowed me daughter’s own shamrock Staffordshire, England teacup for the occasion!

I found it a few years back and gifted it to her on her birthday the year she played – not an Irish but a Scottish lassie – in my summer melodrama titled, Mayhem at Montegue Manor or “The Mystery of Lady Utopia’s Grail”.

I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it in the shop – it has her name on it!!

She normally keeps it displayed on her bookcase shelf with dried roses . . .

But, lends it out to my tea cabinet and teatime for March and the “wearin’ o’ the green”!

Today, I have it displayed with me playful leprechauns and a couple of my favorite historic Celtic reads detailing the heart of the early Christians in what is now the British Isles.  It is a fascinating slice of His Story to study – Christianity, coming to a harsh and pagan environment during a time of dramatic climate, economic, and societal change.  It is an amazing story that is fully discussed in Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization.  However, today, for a swifter read, I’ve picked up The Celtic Heart.

In his introduction to The Celtic Heart, author/compiler Pat Robson summarizes the simple faith of these early believers living off a land that is, at once, fiercely hostile and wondrously beautiful:

“The great High King of Heaven, the awesome Creator of a universe beautiful beyond comprehension is, above all, seen to be ever-present in the simple, everyday things of life.  The thrill of this peculiarly Celtic form of Christianity is that we can all be caught up in the very act of creation itself.  The simple, everyday things of life become sanctified if we do them with joy in our hearts.  And if we open our hearts to others, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, will walk with us every step along the way.”

St. Patrick’s story – in his own words – is included in this book, Celtic Parables, by Robert Van de Weyer.

After being abducted by Irish pirates from a British shore town at age sixteen, and sold as a slave to an Irish landowner, Patrick came to a saving knowledge of the Lord, and was miraculously delivered from his slavery, returning to Britain, committing his life to serve the Lord.  Little did he realize this commitment would lead him back to evangelize the very people who enslaved him:

“When I arrived in Ireland, I decided that I should preach the Gospel initially to the kings and chieftains; and once they had been converted, their people would be eager to hear about the new faith.  Also, I decided to use one king to help convert another.  Thus, when one king submitted to Christ, I asked if he would allow me to take his sons, carrying gifts to indicate good will, to the next king.  By this means over a period of thirty years I brought the Gospel to every kingdom and every district of Ireland.”

So, in light of this sort of reading at teatime with my sweet shamrock teacup, why have the leprechauns come for tea?

For the fun of a little whimsy, of course!

Their’s is a fanciful story, you know – where these mischievous “little people” came from.  Not an ounce of truth to their existence – but, faerie tales have a way of helping us wrestle with the intricacies of the fallen human condition, and, thereby – perhaps open the door to our willingness to confront moral truths within the context of God’s Truth – erego – parables.

Ah – the power of story – His Story – and a cup of tea this Tuesday teatime.  Me and me leprechauns – we’re just full of it today!

COMING ON PINK SATURDAY – March 17th – LOTS OF GREEN – and my St. Patrick’s Day re-post of an informative article about St. Patrick and more!

PLUS – Celebrating all month!

Marking one year of blogging and all the wonderful friends and inspiration discovered here in Blogworld, I’m having a great GIVE-AWAY!  Click HERE for the whole story and Give-Away details – and be sure to comment to enter!!  A month’s-worth of comments will be dropped in a hat and a winner will be forth-coming.  Perhaps – more than one – and more to give away!  Be ye blessed!

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you
In the hollow of His hand
Traditional Irish Blessing

 Leprechauns Come to Tea this week with:

  Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage
 

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. Hello Kathryn
    I love the new header! You appear poised to write something devious. :-)
    Quite the whimsical tea this week and how timely for the leprechauns to appear. Your daughter’s teacup is pretty, especially nice with her name on the bottom.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
    Judith

  2. And top o’ the afternoon to ye! Love your wee folk and the lovely shamrock teacup! Perfect for the wearin’ o’ the green! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

  3. What a delightful post, Miss Kathy! I have always loved fairy tales and indeed, if it wasn’t for the fanciful and whimsical things of life, at times, could be quite boring!
    I so enjoyed your His Story of Ireland’s evangelism and your tea table setting. Thanks so much for joining me for tea today. Always a pleasure, m’lady!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  4. Oh Kathryn! You entertain us so with your whimsical stories!
    And your cup of clovers! I love this one so much. The shape is really good.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  5. The harp with the magical profile made me just stop in my tracks and take a deep breath, how pretty! I would love to share tea w/ the leprechauns! Very lovely post, I can’t wait to get a shamrock teacup – how nice of you to have bought one for your daughter, what a treasure.

  6. This one was downright enchanting. I loved it from the beautiful tea cup (I would love one like that!) to the real story of St. Patrick to the make believe fun of the leprechaun. I couldn’t agree more that a little whimsy brightens the tea time and the whole day.

  7. What a fun post, Kathy! Bethany’s teacup and saucer are so pretty!
    The Leprauchans are cute, but I love that you tell us about St. Patrick too, because I don’t think most of us know who he really was, and all that he did. I am going back to reread last year’s post too!
    That harp image is so unusual and pretty. I love the quote from Hans Christian Anderson! Have fun and a happy St.Patrick’s Day!
    Love, Linda

  8. What a charming post, Kathy! I LOVE your teacup. I hope you enjoy the weekend! xo

  9. This is certainly the richest St. Patrick’s Day post I’ve seen. Love the decor… the tea cup… the daughter and the reading suggestions. Of course my very favorite part is when you point out the charming fun of fiction and the reality of His story. Great post!

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. Yes, Miss Kathy, a wee twinkle in your eye, lovely readings and a reminder of the Truth! You are a master. Love the whimsy too. A very Happy St Patrick’s day to you.
    Much love,
    Lady Linda

  11. I have loved reading your Saint Patrick’s stories. One of your followers, Linda Young recommended them to me after reading one of my blogs about Saint Patrick’s Day. I am a new follower.

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