Do you believe in Saint Nick?
The child asks, "Is there a Santa? Is he really
I must reply, "He is my dear, so let your heart be
still. You see I know he did exist, a man of flesh
and bone, he loved the Lord and felt the call to
protect the faith and the ones the Lord calls His own.
He lived in small town in what is now Turkey. He was
a Bishop of a small town, called Myra. It was so many
years ago many say his story canít be found. But it
can be found in records, if you will look and see. At
the Counsel of Nicaea, in 300 A.D., he stood the test
When months of fighting between the bishops began to
take itís toll, brave Nicklaus stood up to fight for
God and right and all. He told all that would listen
that Jesus was truly God. He would not budge an inch
you see when he stood for his First Love. Another
Bishop would not bend, he would not listen to his
friend. Nicklaus after all the words, four months of
talk went on, used his fists instead! And then he
still fought on and won!
A poor family lived in Nicklausí parish. The three
daughters faced lives of poverty and shame if no one
would help. With no money for a dowery they had no
way to wed. No husband meant shame and disgrace. It
also meant no one was there to take care of her, for
women could not work. So good "Saint Nick" dropped
gold coins into drying stockings while they all slept
in bed. Did he drop it down the chimney or in a
window by the bed? Who knows? Who really cares? His
love shines on, no matter how the deed was done.
On the night to remember Godís greatest gift, His
coming as a babe, Saint Nicklaus gave small gifts and
candy to poor children who came to his church door.
He stood and told one and all the story of the Christ
childís birth. His death and resurrection and all
that is worth. All this was done to remind them, and
us, of Godís gift, His Son. A gift given to all,
regardless of what theyíve done.
So how can I say this man did not live and that he
does not live today? His life was such a shining
example of Christís love for us. So now, in his great
spirt and unfailing heart felt love, many of us reach
out to others to give gifts that remind all who
receive of Godís love for them.
So does he live? As sure as you and I, he does! When
we remember to share Godís love with one and all,
regardless of their worth. When we tell the story of
Christís birth he lives again anew."
So go now in Godís spirt, and show His love as Nicklaus
of Mira did. As God lives Devine today. Saint Nick
lives on in our memory as we show others Christís
May all believe in Jesus, who Saint Nick honored with
[ by: Carolyn Hoagland, Copyright © 2000 ]
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