Saturday, December 26, 2009

ST. NICK RESCUES POTENTIAL SEX SLAVES

We all know the famous commercialized Santa Claus, a big jolly man with a white beard, velvet red suit who comes on Christmas Eve to adorn the Christmas tree with presents.

Do you remember as a child when you found out that he wasn't real, how upset you were? I remember figuring it out...and being a little upset with my parents.

I laugh now when I look back, but still have fond memories of looking out the window late into Christmas Eve looking for the reindeer to come and land on our roof! Haha I can admit this...it was mysterious, exciting and FUN.

Of course the REAL reason of Christmas is Jesus birthday, we all know this.

But did any of us KNOW what started many of our fascination/following of the famous bearded man in the white suit?

He was a REAL man, YES REAL, and considered by many a SAINT.

St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, is considered the patron of seafarers, scholars, bankers, pawnbrokers, jurists, brewers, coopers, travelers, perfumers, unmarried girls, brides, and - robbers. He is also the very special saint of children.

St. Nicholas was quite young when his parents died of the plague leaving him the sole heir of their vast possessions. He determined to devote his inheritance to works of charity.

BUT what intrigued me YEARS ago when I read that St. Nick, AKA, SANTA CLAUS saved some women from HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING...I was floored!

A most popular legend concerns the three unwed daughters of an impoverished nobleman who lived in a small town on the coast of Turkey. The maidens could not attract husbands because their father could not afford to provide dowries for them. So late one night the holy Nicholas dropped a small bag of gold in the maidens' window so that the eldest girl could be married. Some time later he dropped in a second bag of gold, then a third. On one of the nights, the gold landed in a stocking hung up to dry, and the tradition of leaving gifts in stockings was born. The nobleman had become so poor that he had contemplated allowing his daughters to become sold into prostitution until they were rescued by St. Nicholas. Nicholas was thereafter honored as patron saint of unwed maidens. Thus, God rewarded St. Nicholas and gave him permission to walk the streets on the eve of his feast, bringing gifts to all good children. This particular story was told for so many generations until the theme of the three bags of gold, or gold balls was adopted as a symbol by bankers and moneylenders.

YES it is true. St. Nicolas cared about girls that were almost sold into sex slavery. And I am sure of it that there were many more instances that were un-reported, where he was used to help keep/set many other girls free.

Can I be honest with you? When I became a real Christian again years ago, I was a little angry at the following of Santa Claus. After all, HE wasn't the REAL meaning of Christmas, was he? I didn't like the fact that our parents had to lie to us to make Christmas more "fun".

I am a curious person by nature, so I decided to investigate this "Santa Claus". And I am very pleased to write that I am so glad that I did.

He was a man that followed what the bible teaches, what Jesus teaches....to "go about and do good".

And, Nick's mother and father were devote Christians who taught him about Jesus.

"God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit with power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Acts 10:38

So what is "doing good.?"

I can tell you what it's NOT!

It's NOT going to and emotional church service and promising change in your life but not doing anything. Most people walk out of a service like this and live like HELL the rest of the week!

It's NOT staying at home, praying for the world to change, praying for a miracle to happen for you.

It's NOT pointing the finger at the negative things in the world just SAYING that's got to change.

NO....it's DOING something about it.

Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. James 1:26-27 Message

Do you read this? Reaching OUT to the homeless-the LOVELESS in their plight!

Most Christians don't "get" this. They simply come to church, quote scriptures, or make excuses they are too busy, or not "called."

That is not love.

Real love DOES something. It BECOMES the change it wants to see.

I believe and see that St. Nick did exactly this. In other words, he put his money where his mouth was...went about doing GOOD.

This Christmas is so different for me. I don't know about you, but as a Christian I refuse to get angry at how Santa is "pushed" in our face commercially everywhere we go during the season.

St. Nick LOVED. He fed and clothed the children, he helped those who might have been considered "unlovely". The poor girls that were about to be sold into prostitution. His life was a life truly lived with charity, like JESUS.

I know it may sound funny to some of you...and even some of you will get mad at me for giving St. Nick any credit.

St. Nick is now an inspiration to me. I cannot help have huge admiration and love for a person that does what he knows is right/good out of the love of his heart.

I hope this year that you too, have a new appreciation for good old Santa Claus.

May this year the true love of Jesus come alive for you, and may you be found going about doing good!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for all of your continued support as we rescue girls/teens/women that most would consider unlovely out of human sex trafficking.

Love

Annie Lobert

President, Hookers For Jesus

www.hookersforjesus.net

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