Tuesday, December 7, 2010
St. Nicholas rid himself of all his material possessions and set out to help the poor, the infirm, or anyone else who was suffering. Word of his generosity and kindness spread and he quickly earned the reputation of a gift giver and saint. The historical St. Nicholas died in December of 335 C.E. As often happens, stories of his good deeds became grander and grander and it is difficult to determine fact from fiction.
One popular story of St. Nicholas describes how he secretly left bags of gold to three poor women who had no dowries. In St. Nick’s time, a father could only secure the marriage of his daughters by providing a dowry to her would-be husband. If a father could not afford a dowry, his daughters would likely be sold into slavery. In order to prevent this, St. Nicholas threw the bags of gold through a window which landed in stockings left by the fire to dry. News of this deed resulted in children leaving their stockings out for St. Nicholas to fill with goodies.
The stories of St. Nicholas certainly did not die with him. In fact St. Nicholas achieved a sort of immortality as the man behind the legend of Santa Claus.
I hope you read about this legend. But my message is yet to be complete. The truth of Christmas is neither Santa nor the celebrations.
It is the Birth of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
This truth is robbed many times in homes, streets and even in countries.
Its time to restore the true Christmas reason in this season.
Lets not Proclaim the Lord’s birthday alone but also His Second coming…..
I wish you all that this Christmas eve would reveal to you the real joy and fervor of our Lord’s birth. Amen
Are you pinned for doing good? Keep doing…. The Lord shall do the needful
Are you hurt and find yourself desolate and empty? Our Lord is beside you…..
Are you waiting for an answer? Wait Perseveringly…
Have you faltered? He will send His rescue….
Are you feeling condemned? Christ doesn’t see you the way you see yourself. He came to forgive you…..