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Dear God,

It is hard to know what is true
about your faithful servant,
Nicholas of Myra.
“Life (highly legendary)”
says one biographic entry.

And it can be hard to imagine how any of what happens
these days
in the name of St Nick
has anything much to do with that fourth century bishop.

But those (legendary) stories:
of kindness to children,
of a heart (and hands) for the poor,
of calming the sea…
they hold for us still some of what we long for:

more kindness, less brutality;
more generosity, less callousness;
more peace, less fear and turmoil;
more action, less indifference.

Inspire us by the example of your saints,
and make us your people:
kind and generous,
in words but most especially in action.

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department. She serves on the RevGals Board.

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