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It is that time of year: everywhere you go the same music is belting out over tinny speakers or being sung by festive choirs – assaulting your ears as you try and go about your business. Hymns about angels, baby Jesus and his mother Mary are mixed in with pop classics about whether poor people know it’s Christmas and Santa Claus and no one raises an eyebrow. It is the one time of year you can expect to hear church music on the high-street. Love or hate carols, they are a feature of a British Christmas as much as the tinsel and mince pies.
One of the best-known carols is ‘O come all ye faithful’ with its chorus of the gradually more heartily sung line, ‘O come let us adore him.’ It is easy to sing these familiar words without
thinking too much about them, but have you ever wondered what we are being urged to do here?
‘Adore’ is a strong verb. It carries connotations of passionate love intermingled with respect, devotion and admiration. Adoration involves your whole heart – no reservations, no selfprotection. There are few people who will engender adoration in us over our lifetimes and quite possibly Jesus won’t be one of them. Might it be time for this to change?
Christ the Lord, more than anyone else, is worthy of adoration. And in adoring him, we discover his feelings towards us are infinitely greater.
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