It is nothing more than going to a church with the Blessed Sacrament exposed and sitting there.
It is nothing more than being truly present. It is not asking God, it is not thanking God.
It is not an analysis of your life, what you’ve said or done, or how others interacted with you.
For once in your life you get to simply sit and exist as you are.
I think that’s what blows me away most, that when you go into an adoration chapel, you are truly in God’s presence.
Since God knows everything anyway, its useless to be anxious, apologetic nor to ask anything.
You’re there to be, and specifically to be with God, and there’s no point doing anything else, even if you want to. Its so freeing.
Whilst you sit there, you acknowledge that the only important thing at this moment is that the creation is with the creator.
You don’t have to change who you are, nor pretend to be something else, nor hide.
This is the way you were created, and you’re with the Being who wanted you to be the way that you are.
It is so refreshing to have no expectations upon you, no world which demands that you change your morals to better fit in, no spouse nor parent who makes demands of you which you feel as though you cannot possibly fulfill.
You’re the absolute focus of your Creator’s delight, and all you have to do is exist.
I guess adoration is an occasion where you give permission for God to be God in your life, and is this not the essence of being a Christian?
To acknowledge your need for God, and to let God come into your life, transform it and act through you.
All of a sudden there is no point to worry or stress, because at the end of the day, it’s not your job, that God’s job! All you have to do is be who you truly were made to be, and allow God to shine through you. That’s it, a transparency of God.
I think it’s really easy to lose sight of who we are when surrounded by the world.
It’s because there’s so much that we have to do; duties to our families, friends, parish, colleagues and on top of that, attempt to be Christ-like in our actions!
If that weren’t demanding enough, being a Christian today is a challenge, since you have to go against the values of so many people.
It’s easy to surrender slightly and believe that one small issue doesn’t matter. Soon enough one turns into two, and then three hundred.
By this stage we forget that all these complications aren’t necessary, and lose sight of who and what we are.
We forget that we are created to give delight to our God.
Even in mass, the summit of the Christian experience, where God comes down to us in physical form, it is easy to be overwhelmed.
There’s readings, hymns, people around you, and just so many words and ideas. I find myself lost quite often in mass, particularly after a homily which I couldn’t follow.
Everyone knows that the rosary, even though it is an amazing, powerful form of prayer, has the ability to put you to sleep.
Then there’s the novena which goes for nine days straight, not to mention the liturgy of the hours which requires the (sung) recital of psalms! There’s so many words to say all the time. It gets so complicated so quickly.
That’s why I like to go and just sit in adoration. All you have to do is be yourself completely.
Let God see you, as you truly are, and in the silence you’ll find yourself discovering who you were made to be.
You simply let God’s presence permeate all aspects of your life.
You don’t have to say or do anything, merely putting yourself in the presence of God is enough.
When you walk out, all burdens simply vaporise, because you are lost in the wonder and delight of simply being a child and creation of God. That’s what adoration is for me.