I love the humanness as well as the Godliness of this.
I pray that I can live up to it this Christmas
Folklore sometimes skews reality. Many times it keeps us from remembering that a particular “reality” ever even existed.
Saint Nicholas was a compelling church leader and historical figure before legend claimed that he ran an elf sweat shop. Believe it or not, Saint Nick was not a jolly obese dude with loads of reindeer love and omnipresent abilities on the eve of Christmas. As we often do with history, the subjects of our contemporary traditions are made too sanitary and domesticated.
Much is lost when this happens; in the case of “Santa Claus” almost everything is lost that is actually noble about the patron saint of children and widows.
James Parker, professor and associate dean of worldview and culture at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, points out some intriguing reasons to get acquainted with the real Saint Nick:
The story goes that Nicholas was born in A.D. 280 to pious and…
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