Day 8: Thy Kingdom Come – Adore

DAILY NOVENA – ADORE

LOOK…and be curious.

WAIT… with prayerful expectation.

Come Holy Spirit: Thy Kingdom Come.

READ… the text with an open mind.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. […] And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!” The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. […] The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:8, 13-18, 20 abr.)

LISTEN… for a word with a willing heart.

RESPOND… with prayer and action.

Oh revealing God, as we stand transfixed in an unexpected place, crumpled and surprised to find ourselves here, invited, yet uncertain on the threshold, help us to recognise our gorgeous Lord Jesus. Drawn in, may we kneel in wonder. May we go away changed. May we draw others to the stable too.
Amen.

THOUGHT

Why are so many of us so desperate to be famous?

Maybe it’s because really, we’re just desperate to be loved. No, more than that: adored.
We see celebrities, singers and actors in front of their legions of fans and imagine what it must be like to have that many people obsessing over your every move.
Except of course, even those people don’t live as if they’re adored. Because deep down, even they don’t trust that the love directed at them could ever be true.
Like them, we know ourselves, and we know that we’re not really that adorable.

There’s one person who truly is, and his name is Jesus. And even though he knows everything about us, he chooses to adore us. Even though we might not deserve it, we truly are adored.
This is the thing we all hope for… and it’s true for us. How will it change your day today to really know – deep down – that you are loved and adored by the God who made the universe?

PRAY FOR 5
Pray your five will realise that God adores them.
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