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Friday, December 19, 2008

Story of St. Nicholas

Story of St. Nicholas
He was a boy when he lost his parents very early in life. It was an epidemic that took them, but not before he was old enough for them to help him discover the gift of faith. Little Nicholas went to Myra and lived a life full of self-offering, and giving of himself. His life was full of sacrifice and love, just like Jesus. Nicholas lived such a Christ like life that when the town needed a bishop he was immediately elected. Later he was imprisoned for his Christian faith, but released by the Emperor Constantine. Thereafter, many stories of his generosity were collected and they spread from mouth to mouth all through out the lands. It was told how he begged food for the poor and how he would somehow get money for girls to use as a dowry so that they could have husbands. The story most often repeated was about how he would put on a disguise and go out and give gifts to the poor children. In fact Nicholas gave away everything he had, plus everything he could get. He died in AD 314; his body was moved to Italy where his remains are believed to be to this day. The story of Nicholas has spread all around the world, and today there are more European churches named after St. Nicholas than any other person in the history of the church, aside from the famous Bible characters. People have done many things to old St. Nick. Clement Moore the poet gave him a red nose and eight tiny reindeer. Artist Thomas Nast gave Nicholas a round belly and a red fir trimmed suit. But those things really aren’t that important are they? What is important is that he lived in the mind set and the life style of Christ. And because he lived that lifestyle, the life of Nicholas touched the whole world and it does to this very day. But here is the really important part of the story. That same Christ like mind set and that life style is supposed to be in all of us and lived by all of us. And that is the true story of St. Nick.-- Author Unknown
Happy Journaling...

4 comments:

Chrissie said...

Nice entry.
Take care, Chrissie

lisa jo said...

thank you for sharing that. I had never heard that.

a corgi said...

thanks Linda!! I knew a lot of his story but I liked seeing how concise and easy to understand this was written. I also am going to snag it, if it is okay with you. Our church has a ministry where they 'adopted' kids in a group home and each kid as someone that writes to them to encourage them, give them small gift, etc. With 'my' kid this month I've been writing about the traditions of Christmas and I wasn't sure which one to include today; a perfect one for the last week before Christmas (he's a teen so I know he'll be able to read this and understand it); thanks!

betty

Ally Lifewithally said...

Linda thanks for sharing this it is lovely ~ Ally x