In one week, we celebrate the arrival.
Jesus is coming! The newborn Savior of the world.
Today we bow low and adore Him. We humbly ask for Jesus to remain in our lives beyond today as we celebrate with the liturgy of adoration.
We sing in our clearest voices, “O Come let us adore Him.”Choosing to celebrate Jesus as our most treasured gift is the beginning of a lifetime of peace, joy, and hope. Advent 2022 – Liturgy of Adoration Click To Tweet
Let’s walk through this final week leading up to the birth of Jesus together. Let’s engage in the liturgy of adoration to carry us through today and the rest of our days.
What is Adoration?
Before we dive into the official definition of adoration, let me share my thoughts.
The year is 1987 and it is the middle of July. The summer heat is stifling and I am beyond nine months pregnant.
I’m not thinking too many happy thoughts because I am miserable. Fast forward to July 15 at about 12 noon. Baby boy Geisen has arrived. All of the pain, heaviness, and weight has slipped away and adoration has taken its place.
Adoration looks like ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Or the sweet nuzzle of my newborn baby against my body that was just complaining minutes before.
The online dictionary defines adoration as a “deep love and respect, or worship, veneration.”
Adoration = Worship! What a gift!
1 Chronicles 29:11 says this:
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.
Many times we think of adoration in the context of the arrival of Jesus thousands of years ago. We sing these words, “O come let us adore Him” and our hearts are filled with joy and deep longing.
But in the next breath, the song is over and we forget the “reason.” And the moments of adoration that felt so honest minutes before are gone.
How do you hold onto adoration beyond Christmas?
O Come Let Us Adore Him All Year
Five years ago, God took me on a crazy journey through the wilderness to understand the season of Advent in a whole new way. He taught me that waiting is part of life. He showed me a new way of looking at the four weeks of Advent and challenged me to celebrate Advent living all year round.
It is not always easy to look beyond the holidays and imagine “adoring Jesus” in the new year. But since my perspective shift five years ago, I have worked toward keeping alive the expectation of hope, the joy of a newborn Savior, and the preparation of my heart for all that God promises. There is no formula that prescribes all Christmas things ending the day after Christmas.
Let’s imagine what it would look like to adore Jesus all year round.
Here are some simple ways I keep the spirit going:
- Keep up your white twinkle lights up all year round. I started doing this several years ago and love the reminder that Jesus is the light in the darkness every time I turn the lights on my mantle.
- Start your day with worship music. The chance to begin your day with a focus on God is a gift. What if your mornings are busy trying to get out the door? Put on worship music as you drive to work or drive your kids to school. Or turn on your favorite music as you make dinner. It makes cooking more enjoyable. 😉
What would you add to the list?
The Liturgy of Adoration
If we look through the Books of Luke and Isaiah, we will discover many ways to begin our worship of the newborn king.
I find it fitting to point to these verses as our final liturgy for the Advent season. Let’s begin with Isaiah.
As you read these words, use them as a prayer of worship, a song of gratitude, a verse of Hope, or a chorus of adoration for all God was, is, and will always be.
Liturgy of Adoration
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness, a light has dawned (Isaiah 9:2).
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins (Isaiah 40:1-2).
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God (Isaiah 40:3).
And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name (Luke 1:46-49).
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:10-11).
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests” (Luke 2:14).
Wishing you peace and love this holiday season!
Let’s adore our newborn Savior with this song.
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I have twinkle lights up all year round, too, Mary! I enjoy reading your thoughts on Advent each year. Blessings to you in this final week of Advent!
I love a lot of light in my house and it sounds like you do too. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I have enjoyed your Advent series too. It was a nice treat in my inbox. Merry Christmas!
I’m wondering how I can be “keeping alive the expectation of hope, the joy of a newborn Savior, and the preparation of my heart for all that God promises.” I love that. That makes for a wonderful daily intention. I’m going to write this down. Thanks Mary! Have a blessed Christmas!
It does make for a wonderful daily intention. May we pray to God to make way for His joy, hope, and peace to reign in our hearts daily. Thank you for your sweet words. Merry Christmas!
I appreciate your experience of living Advent all year round, Mary! You now have much to teach about this, I’m sure. Thanks for sharing these ways to keep the spirit going. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas.
Thank you, Lisa! Advent is the gateway to living a life with and in Christ. It’s also my favorite time of year. I pray you and your family have a blessed Christmas!
How different would my life look if adoration were my primary motivation for serving God and for everything I do that leads to Christ being formed in me? This series has been such a beautiful pause for my Advent celebration, Mary!
Thank you for your kind words. I am working toward all-year-round adoration too. It would lead to such a deep connection with Christ. I am grateful you enjoyed this series. It is always my favorite one to write.
As I was reading this, I was surprised at the dates you shared and what we were doing at the same moment… my daughter was born the 16th of July of the same year as your son! It is amazing how in one moment we are working and sweating and in pain and then the next we are filled with such love and joy it is unbelievable! That can only be possible with God! I am so grateful for Him! I love the idea of keeping Christmas alive all through out the year. I use timed battery candles throughout my house and they also serve as a reminder that Jesus is the Light! I also have “party lights” on our deck… and what better reason to have a party than to celebrate the joy of our salvation?!
Blessings to you this Christmas, Mary!
What a treasure that we both were having babies at the same time. I love that you shared this with me. It is amazing that God takes the pain of childbirth and turns it into such joy. He also does this when we face challenges and hardships. He makes all things new and I know this is why I adore Him.
I am praying that we can sustain the gift of Christmas all year round. Jesus is our light in the darkness. Merry Christmas!