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Come Let Us Adore Him

By January 29, 2024No Comments

December is upon us. I can almost feel the pace accelerating. On the one hand, stimulation is in the air with Christmas carols, enticing Yuletide gift specials, holiday parties, decorating, and preparing for the big day. On the other hand, Christmas heightens grief, increases stress, and exposes family dysfunction and loneliness. The drive of Christmas in both directions is relentless. How often have I pushed my way through the holiday season, come out the other end breathless, and then realized that I hardly gave the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season, a glancing thought!

I want this Christmas to be different. I want to enjoy the fun of family, friends, new toys, and White Elephant craziness, but I want it to be in its rightful place. This is possible with only a few intentional choices.

A favorite of mine is to take the December days and read through the Christmas narratives at the beginning of Matthew and Luke. I read them slowly, only one small story at a time. The story of John the Baptist’s conception. The angel and Mary’s humble, willing spirit. Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and awe-inspiring praise. The Shepherds. The Wise Men. I begin each day in December lingering with one of these poignant scenes.

Another delightful personal tradition is playing my favorite Christmas playlist in the car as I drive around in the insane shopping traffic. Personally, I lean toward favorite hymns sung by my favorite artists that remind me of what matters and call my heart to engage with God.

So many other great traditions exist to draw us to the manger—decorations, favorite meals and snacks, Advent calendars, serving others. Traditions center us, and remind us.

How we engage, what we choose to do to remember is not the critical issue. The important thing is to find a way to not forget. Small choices make a big difference.

On that original Christmas occasion, God didn’t need to announce Jesus’ birth to the shepherds with a vast army of angels. But He did. Because Jesus’ birth is worth celebrating. And so, this Christmas season, let us worship the newborn King. Come let us adore Him.

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