|Posted by Lorraine Serra on December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM|
"O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD! "
This well known refrain of the season is one with which we may feel a disconnect. Perhaps it is just too familiar, or misunderstood, or maybe just overlooked. What does it all mean? What does it mean for us today?
As we look at renderings of the Christmas stable in Bethlehem, we see both simple shepherds and stately kings bowing in worship and adoration before Christ the Newborn King.
Adoration is defined as deep love and respect, honor, care and devotion. So while we in the current culture may not ever bow down before another person, we certainly can understand deep love and respect, devotion and care.
One question that comes to mind is, how many of us truly experience this "adoration" in our relationships? Have you observed all of the pain and brokenness in our world? Have you read of, or experienced, abuse and disrespect? Maybe you've dished out a good bit of it to the people in your life. Recently, in our family, we have felt the pain of betrayal despite our love and kindness! It sure ain't a perfect world!
Maybe that imperfection, that brokenness, is exactly the reality check which causes us to realize we need a Savior. Each and every one of us.
I think we tend to take all the good things in our lives for granted. I think we are prone to live in a blur of schedules, obligations, deadlines and daily living until we are jarred awake by a crisis. What do you think?
It is often when life is interrupted by crisis that we discover our need for the Christ who heals, forgives, makes new. He tells us to come to him like a little child, trusting, needy, ready to receive, to play, to experience His love and devotion and respect for us! Yes!
Yes! That great love caused Him to come.....and take upon Himself all of our brokenness at the cross.
And that, my friend, deserves our adoration and gratitude.
Simple shepherds, stately kings, and you, and me, too. Let us ADORE Him, Christ the Lord!
NEXT: "T" Is For "Today".
Categories: ADVENT 2014