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Adoring the “Adorable One”

From the April 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Whenever we pray the Lord’s Prayer with its spiritual interpretation (see Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 16–17), we encounter the phrase “Adorable One.” While we commonly use adorable to mean extremely charming, Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language defines it as: “That ought to be adored; worthy of divine honors. In popular use, worthy of the utmost love or respect.” And he first defines adore as: “To worship with profound reverence; to address with exalted thoughts, by prayer and thanksgiving; . . . to honor as a god or as divine,” before also defining it this way: “To love in the highest degree.” 

So, how can we reverence God more fully? How can we worship and love Him “in the highest degree”? 

Ritual worship is inadequate. True worship is a present, active response to God’s goodness. Psalm 105 provides many ways we can properly worship and adore the adorable One, including the following: “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name. . . . Remember his marvellous works that he hath done” (verses 2, 3, 5).

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