Making a self-portrait
If you try drawing a self-portrait, or rather a number of them, you will learn a lot about yourself, an arty email recently recommended. I didn’t take it up, at least not in the form they suggest. I used the excuse of having neither the time nor the talent. But it did inspire me to ponder on a ‘prayer self-portrait’. I thought about the times and situations in which I pray, and more specifically when and where I have realised God has been present to me. Doing this described features to me that I was not really aware of. For example, one of my favourite images of God is of a warm bed. Hey, I lived in Melbourne for eighteen years in a house that wasn’t heated and I hate to be cold. Many a time I took to my bed with the electric blanket on and did whatever I had to do, consciously defying the wind and rain that flew outside the window. As I pondered on this, I realised how much I like to be consoled…and that God is a consoling God. Here, in central Queensland, looking out to the Keppel Island, nearly every morning, I get an amazing light display in the sunrise. Every morning, I am reminded that God is the one lighting up my world. When I acknowledge that, I am filled with wonder and gratitude.
I suggest you take time to ponder those places and moments when you pray, when you have known God. Stumped for where to start? What happened when you became a parent?...or a grandparent?
Loving God, you come to me in the real places of my life and call me to pray from who I am. Send me your wise Spirit to discover the mystery of my own self that you are forming with love in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb