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Saint Nicholas, a Hero After God’s Own Heart

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In his sermon this past Sunday, Rev. Macgill told us about St. Nicholas. He said there are more churches named for  St. Nicholas than for any other person. 

Intrigued, I decided to do a little more research. St. Nicholas was born around 280 AD in Patara, Lycia, an area that is now part of Turkey. His parents died when he was a young man, and he “reportedly used his inheritance to help the poor and sick.” He later begged for donations to help others. Legends say he secretly gave money to families to use as dowries for daughters who would otherwise be sold into servitude.

He was elected as the bishop of Myra, a city that is now called Demre on the coast of Turkey. St. Nicholas lived a life of loving sacrifice and giving, following in the footsteps of Jesus. He died at the age of 34.

Here’s an interview about a documentary on the real St. Nicholas:

Author: JoAnna

I'm an open minded, tree-hugging Christian who loves creation. After 30 years as a substance abuse counselor, I'm returning to my creative roots, painting angels, and writing a memoir about love, faith and perseverance, and how I learned that there are no coincidences.

5 thoughts on “Saint Nicholas, a Hero After God’s Own Heart

  1. I just watched the interview again and want to say, I don’t like the term, “non-believers,” and I apologize if anyone is offended by it’s use. I would prefer to use phrases like, “non-Christians” or “people of other faiths.” That may be a post for another time. But I do think it’s interesting to learn about St. Nicholas. Let me know what you think.

  2. So very interesting !…Joanna , merry Christmas ! …you and your beautiful writings have been blessings for me this past year and I am so grateful dear one ….love , megxxx

    • That means a great deal to me to know my writing has blessed you. I am honored. Thank you for the beautiful depth of your writing. Merry Christmas and peace to you! ❤

  3. great insight!
    i enjoyed chapels in honor of st.Nicholas
    in Greece & Turkey 🙂

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