Oh Come Let Us Adore Him… Year-Round!

We sat around the table in the noisy cafe, hearts open and words pouring out.

“I don’t know,” one of them said, wrapping her hands around her the mug of tea in front of her. “It just seems like it’s easy to lose the wonder of being married to the man of your dreams. I mean, not that he’s any less wonderful or thoughtful or caring, but you just…” she paused, looking out the window. “I don’t even know. I just lose the awe of being with him because I’m used to him. It’s like I treat him like a mac-and-cheese meal when I have a gourmet table laid before me.”

We nodded our heads empathetically, each of us guilty of undervaluing our husbands in our turn.

And that made me think: don’t I do that with God, too?

I become so accustomed with His graciousness, His mercy, His forgiveness, that I take it all for granted.

It’s like walking past the Christmas tree three weeks after you put it and not even noticing the twinkling lights anymore because the newness wore off. They were amazing those first few days, but after a while, well, it all just kind of blends in.

Or perhaps the wonder or a starry sky on a chilly night, the magnitude of it all taking your breath away, only to lose its appeal after a few short minutes.

“If the stars should appear but one

Jesus can be that way. He can blend into the background of blessed lives and amazing family and it takes effort to muster up worship. Not because He is any less worthy of adoration but because we’re so prone to get distracted like silly sheep.

But that’s not what I want for this Christmas.

This Christmas I want to feel the awe and wonder of the shepherds when they first heard that the long-awaited Savior was first born. I want to fall down at His feet and worship Him like the magi when they brought gifts. I want to gaze into His face with adoration and love like the first time Mary laid eyes on Him.

And I don’t want that feeling to ever fade away.

But feelings do. Fade, that is. But Jesus is the same. And every time we need to refresh our perspectives and rejuvinate our adoration, all we need to do is come.

He is waiting for you and me.


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Comments 15

  1. Anita Ojeda

    Amen! We have to train ourselves to look with wonder at the world–and at our spouses, our children and especially our Savior. It takes pausing and reminding ourselves that each thing, person and relationship is precious. Valuable beyond measure and incomprehensible.

  2. Tara

    I don’t want to get used to that feeling either. I’m reminded of the verse “Be still and know that I am God.” I need to remember to do more of that !

  3. Marisa

    Beautiful and so true. This past year I wrote out each day things that I was grateful for and it totally changed my perspective on how the “not enough” was really “more than enough” for my life and what I needed was the Lord, more God and less stuff. Thank you for sharing sweet friend!

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    Feelings fade, and trying to hang on to them only tears the fabric of the object of our desire.

    If we let the feelings go, and instead let their memory work in our souls,we’ll find the meaning behind the experience, the mission behind the Gift of Christmas morning.

    It’s not about feeling the gratitude, feeling the Love; it’s about being Jesus’ hands and feet in this world which we sometimes loathe, but He found was worth the price of torture.

  5. Betsy

    Oh yes, I take my husband for granted big-time, and I take Jesus for granted to. I want to see him with fresh wonder and wide-open eyes. Thanks for sharing your heart to worship your King. Inspires the rest of us.

  6. Mary Hill

    Hi, I love this post. It really has a great message of stopping and adoring Christ, not taking Him for granted and forgetting His amazing love. Thanks for sharing such an important reminder.

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  7. Sharon Fernandez

    Absolutely true.. neither do i want to celebrate Christmas like one of the public holidays.. I want to be able to remember the joy of receiving Him in my life. Remember the goodness and wonders of His name. Embrace His love and surround myself with His diving presence.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I m touched by it.

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