Here's my own drawing activity for Day 2. I'm sure I could have added many more words outside the heart to describe God, but these were the first that came to mind. As I engaged in the activity, I was aware that even though I deeply believe in God, I also have doubt swirling around the edges of my soul. This is what occasioned my phrase. "Have no idea!" Sometimes the mystery of God enwraps me like a warm blanket, and sometimes the mystery of God leaves me in consternation and disbelief. Yet, I do pray that God will be undeniably present to me, because I do want to give myself completely and fully to God.
As I began with the activity of Day 1, I was traveling from New York to Las Vegas. Consequently, I didn't have to look for opportunities in which to practice the activity. I was surrounded all day by people who were different from me, people I could easily be tempted to judge, people who were outside my usual circle. I wasn't feeling well, and was short on patience. I even said to myself out loud at one point, "I have no patience at all today!" Still, the Advent activity kept me tethered to God throughout the day. I somehow remembered to smile at everyone I was tempted to judge, and I was aware of doing it when I did. I wonder how my relationships with the whole human family might be altered, if I did this on a regular basis!
Life is rich with texture and beauty. Even the parts that seem unwanted hold within them seeds of grace.