Making room this Advent season | GUEST OP

  • Friday, December 8, 2017 10:11am
  • Opinion

By the Rev. Dr. Joyce Parry Moore, rector, St. James Episcopal, Kent

During that week after Thanksgiving, our family engages in something I call “making room:” clearing away the leaves and pumpkins to make room for evergreen boughs and candles; clearing away ceramic turkeys and platters and making room for packages and crafts.

Perhaps your family had also been busy that week, making room for a tree, a menorah, for presents and decorations that fit your holiday traditions. But how do we make room in our lives and in our hearts? And for what are we preparing?

On these dark and damp days I’m especially aware of my longing for light and how this season – which, in my Christian, Episcopal tradition, we call Advent – calls our attention to making room for that light, to shine in all the cobwebby corners of our lives. There are not enough presents, decorations and cartoons (well, maybe cartoons) in the world to overcome our darkness, to fill that space with meaning.

And so, it is tempting to, as they say, “cut to the chase,” declaring Merry Christmas or happy holidays as soon as Santa makes his way down 5th Avenue. Yet, there is something lovely about waiting, about making room.

One of my favorite Winnie the Pooh quotes expresses this anticipation — “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it, which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. That blessed moment is a time of reflection, of gratitude, of going deeper. And here at St. James, we are making room for that this season.

I invite you, my broad community, to join us at 6 on Wednesday nights – Dec. 13, 20. We’ll start with a simple potluck (if you don’t have a dish, come anyway), and then engage in activities for that moment: chanting, walking an indoor labyrinth, making prayer beads, yoga and meditation.

Together we will wait and make room in our hearts for the light that is coming. In a world of insatiable appetite and non-stop pace, give yourself the counter-cultural gift of peace.

For more information, follow this link to the St. James website.

More in Opinion

Lt. Dan needs lots of helping hands | Brunell

Gary Sinise making year-around commitments to help veterans and their families

President, governor or retirement – only Inslee knows his plan

Inslee has his share of options to determine his future

Eyman putting his latest fight on his tab

Activist using own money in signature-gathering drive to place a $30 car tab measure in front of voters

New approaches needed to fight super wildfires | Brunell

With Western States wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms… Continue reading

Photo by Matt Phelps
President, governor or retirement — only Inslee knows his plan

What we do know is that he’s off to Iowa in June to deliver the keynote address at a party fundraiser.

Growth, knowledge, learning at your library | KCLS

Spring is the time of year when many of us focus on… Continue reading

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy | Brunell

Millions of good-paying opportunities available in blue collar jobs

Lawmakers hope to examine concerns of Sea-Tac International Airport and its impact on the quality of life in places like SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Tukwila and Federal Way.
State antes up money to address bevy of issues

From wolves to airplanes, state looks to tackle issues

Innovative library program emerges for the 21st century | KCLS

The King County Library System has long been committed to offering a… Continue reading

Earth Day flashback: 30 years of Puget Sound recycling | Metzler

What were you doing in 1988? Catching “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in… Continue reading

Trade war could hit Washington hard | Brunell

Any trade war between the United States and China is worrisome, but… Continue reading