Friday, December 7, 2012

Jolly Old St. Nick

From Common Prayer, Dec 6:
The original "Old St. Nick" who inspired the tradition of Santa Claus, Nicholas was bishop of Myra in fourth-century Turkey. Little is known about his life except that he entrusted himself to Jesus at an early age and, when his parents died, gave all of their possessions to the poor. While serving as bishop, Nicholas learned of three girls who were going to be sold into slavery by their father. Moved to use the church's wealth to ransom the lives of these little ones, he tossed three bags of gold through the family's window. We recall this ancient Christmas gift, even as we remember that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year in the global sex trade today. (By Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and Enuma Okoro. Copyright 2010 by The Simple Way and School for Conversion. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.)

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