© by Joyce C. Lock
When I think about the original St. Nicholas and what kind of man he might have been, I think he was a Christian who loved God, and thus grew a heart of compassion for people.
He was humble and sincere in his service, as he chose to obey God’s Word in keeping his alms a secret ... desiring the glory to belong to God (anyone, who’s ever loved God more than himself, wouldn’t have it any other way) - and he didn’t require a special holiday to consider another’s need.
St. Nicholas may not have been jolly on every occasion, as he lived in the real world - just like the rest of us. However, I believe he did have true joy in his heart because he was in tune with his Maker.
St. Nicholas was a common man with an uncommon heart, who allowed himself to be used by God in both his church and community. He would have thought his gesture of good will to be small potatoes in comparison to the gift of Jesus. If he had known the perversion in commercialism and greed that would ensue, I think it would have made St. Nicholas feel absolutely sick. And, if St. Nicholas would have known He’d take precedence over Jesus, I believe he would have cursed the day his secret gift was discovered.
I also think St. Nicholas would have wanted us to know what Webster’s New World Dictionary has to say, “Nick (nik), n. the Devil: usually Old Nick,” as well as others referring to goblin and demon. It seems to me Old St. Nick was just another one of Satan’s tricks ... and it worked.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.