Setting your focus for Advent…

I’m a sucker for Christmas music.  There are rules in my house that it cannot be played out loud until Thanksgiving Day, but I start listening through earbuds in October.  If I had my way, Christmas would last for 3 months!  “O, Come All Ye Faithful” is one of my favorite carols this time of year.  The other day a post on Facebook caught my eye the other day.  “O, Come Let Us Adore Him” beautifully painted on a wood block like so many other we’ve seen gracing homes during Christmas season, but do we really adore Him?

Webster defines adore is to regard with utmost esteem, love and respect; to pay divine honor to; to worship.  Wow.  That’s amazingly deep meaning, much more so than the common use of “that’s adorable” when talking about a cute outfit or hairdo.  What can we do to show Him divine honor this season?  What are acts of adoration that we can worship our Savior with?  I think on it’s most simplest level, it’s to be quiet, even just for a few minutes each day and reflect on the amazing miracle of Jesus.  An ordinary girl and an unexpected fiancé being thrust into a divine appointment, birthing and parenting the Son of God.  That Son being rejected, beaten, scorned and sentenced to death on a cross, one of the most brutal ways to die, only to negate our wayward ways of sin and allow us to have an intimate relationship with our God and Savior directly.  Doesn’t that warrant adoration on a daily basis, regardless of the season?

You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! Psalm 22:23 (NIV)

Adoration can also come in ways of connecting with God and His word for us.  Prayer is adoration, whether it be prayers of thanksgiving, or prayers of your deepest darkest hurts and needs.  David throughout the Psalms showed great adoration for the LORD, whether it was crying out in praise, or lamenting with his entire soul.

Another great idea gleaned from Facebook (yes, I might spend TOO MUCH time there) is to start reading Luke, one chapter a day starting TODAY the 1st, and by Christmas Eve, you will have read the entire story of Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection.  Many churches and websites also offer Advent devotionals, in which will email or text you daily during advent for reflection.  For some, music is a very personal time praising Jesus.

Advent (meaning “coming” in Latin) is a time of waiting and preparation leading up to the celebration of Jesus’ birth.  What a better way to celebrate what Jesus has done in our lives than to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  I challenge you this Advent season, take up something that will turn your eyes to Jesus during these hectic days leading up to Christmas to give him divine honor and adoration to celebrate His birth.  What will you do to give him divine honor and adoration?  Do you have other ideas?  Please share in the blog or Facebook comments for others to see and encourage you on your journey.

Cara

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