Are you going to wear green on St. Patty’s Day this Thursday? It’s fun to wear green on March 17, whether or not we can call ourselves Irish. For my part, I have a little Irish blood, but Stanley is an English name, and most of my ancestors were German, apparently (please forgive my genealogical ignorance). Call me an honorary Irishman…and on Thursday, call me Beau O’Stanley.

For me, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is not about holiday festivities, lineage, or even avoiding getting pinched as much as it is about celebrating God’s work through St. Patrick, the man after whom this holiday is named.

Patrick (around 390–460 AD) has an amazing story. At the age of sixteen, pirates captured him in his native Britain and sold him into slavery in Ireland. Years later, Patrick escaped and returned home, but around 432 AD he went back to Ireland. Why did he do this? He felt compelled to bring the good news of salvation through Jesus to the Irish people.

The Bible is clear that it is necessary for people to proclaim the good news of Jesus to those who have not heard it.

Romans 10:14 How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

I am so glad Patrick was willing to return to the land of his slavery and preach the good news to the Irish. What a great reason to wear green!

Beau Stanley and his wife, Stacey, both grew up in the Columbus area and have been part of Grace Polaris Church for most of their lives. Beau joined the Grace staff in 2007 after theology studies in the Chicago area and in Phoenix (Phoenix Seminary). Prior to that, he studied commerce (University of Virginia) and worked in the financial industry, including a role as an investment banking analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York City. Beau is a fitness enthusiast and also enjoys music and learning about diverse topics. Beau and Stacey have two young boys.