I grew up with a mother who taught us to celebrate our Irish-American heritage. We enjoyed a big Saint Patrick’s Day feast of corned beef and cabbage with family and friends, and now that I have my own family, I continue to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with family, friends, and good food (minus the cabbage). Of course, I married a man with Italian in his family heritage ~ gaelic and garlic! Perfect. 🙂
As I was reading Proverbs this morning, I realized that the wisdom of Solomon (given to him from God) found in the Bible sounds similar to the Irish blessings and sayings I have grown up with. This one in particular struck me:
“Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, lest he become weary of you and hate you.” ~ Proverbs 25:17
Other bits of everyday wisdom found in the book of Proverbs:
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” ~ Proverbs 25:11
“Have you found honey? Eat only what you need, lest you have it in excess and vomit it.” ~ Proverbs 25:16
“Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.” ~ Proverbs 25:28
“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” ~ Proverbs 25:21-22
(The Irish proverbs and sayings about enemies are not quite so gracious!)
“Do not associate with a man given to anger; or go with a hot-tempered man, lest you learn his ways, and find a snare for yourself.” ~ Proverbs 22:24-25
“He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.” ~ Proverbs 22:9
Some great instruction for children and their parents:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6
“My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart also will be glad; and my inmost being will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.” ~ Proverbs 23:15
“Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old…The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her rejoice who gave birth to you.” ~ Proverbs 23:22, 24-25
The wisdom found in the Bible is incomparable to man’s wisdom. We should seek after God and desire to know more of His heart and mind.
That said, I thought I would share, just for fun, some Irish blessings in honor of Saint Patrick and this beautiful, emerald green month of March:
May the sons of your sons smile up in your face.
May the roof of your house never fall in and those beneath it never fall out.
There is no fireside like your own fireside.
Who keeps his tongue keeps his friend.
May your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.
May you never forget what is worth remembering, or remember what is best forgotten.