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Today’s Reflection

CONSIDER for a moment what, in practice, the word adoration implies. The upward and outward look of humble and joyful admiration. Awestruck delight in the splendor and beauty of God, the action of God and Being of God, in and for God’s self alone, as the very color of life: giving its quality of unearthly beauty to the harshest, most disconcerting forms and the dreariest stretches of experience. This is adoration: not a difficult religious exercise, but an attitude of the soul.

– Keith Beasley-Topliffe
The Soul’s Delight

From page 20 of The Soul’s Delight: Selected Writings of Evelyn Underhill, edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe. Copyright © 1998 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you define the word adoration? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.”
Matthew 2:20, NRSV

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  • robert moeller December 29, 2013, 3:31 am

    To me adoration is a form of love, respect, honor, and acknowledgement
    that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are supreme, above all things, worthy of praise, and the true focus of our attention.

    Lord, thank You for children’s and youth ministers. They are a great help in bringing up children and young people in Your way. We need more of them as there are many children who need to know more about You. Help each and every one of us to do what You would have us do to teach children and young people about You that Your kingdom will come. In Your name I pray. Amen.

  • Jill December 29, 2013, 5:25 am

    I like how the writer says that it is an attitude, not an exercise. That is true adoration.

    Adoration would be complete recognition of the superiority of God and His unspeakable Love, out of which flows a lifestyle dedicated to bringing about His Kingdom.

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