You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest,
For you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ
By giving up your soul for your people,
And saving the innocent from death.
Therefore you are blessed as one become wise in the grace of God.
(Kontakion, Tone 3)
Today children celebrate Saint Nicholas (Pierre Noel, Father Christmas etc.) by setting out their shoes or stocking for him to fill with candy and other treats.
Of course children love Santa, but even adults may have a corner in their hearts where they yearn for a sentimental Christmas -much sweeter remembered than it is experienced in maturity.
Adults often find it hard to comprehend or appreciate the true gift of God’s love for us among the din of our lives (especially during December).
Saint Nick sets an example to guide us through the Nativity season. He’s famous for throwing golden coins through the window for the three girls- perhaps giving us the concept of a “secret Santa” and showing us that giving can have a sense of fun and mystery.
He’s also famous for slapping a heretic. Saint Nick was a Bishop and had a responsibility to uphold the faith. This reminds us that we too must find ways (kind ways) of keeping our faith even under direct opposition.
What three things can you do today to consciously follow Saint Nick’s example of charity, faith, and yes-delighting children?
Be like Saint Nick and maybe those wistful Christmas longings will be transformed into real Christmas joy.
Lord, help me to follow the example of Saint Nick during the Season of Your Nativity.