This is the first of our daily Advent postings. We will frame each brief reflection with a snippet from an Advent or Christmas hymn. We hope you will join us, as we ponder what it looks to “make room” and “open doors” in our lives for the one who is coming.
Wake, awake, for night is flying! (Philipp Nicolai, 1599)
This morning, I awoke at 4 am. In the inky morning darkness, I delivered my partner and our 19 month old daughter to the airport. They will spend a week at Holden Village, a retreat center in the mountains of Washington State. I will miss them AND I will enjoy time and space for myself while they are away! Advent calls us to cultivate a wakeful spirit. Ironically, I find that to be awake, I must rest. In order to engage an Advent attitude– alert yet calm, full of yearning and full of hope– I need to sleep and exercise and pray. I’m making [more] room for this balance in my life this Advent.