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:
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:
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!
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Leprechauns Come to Tea this week with: