“He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.”

Mark 6:8-9

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Mark 6:7-13


God instructs his disciples to travel lightly, to trust that God will provide for them through their neighbours, community and those that host them.

The world we live in is always telling us to have more and be self-sufficient. Advertisements and social media consume us and demand our attention. In this verse, God is clear on how his disciples must travel. In travelling lightly, we open ourselves to be hosted by strangers and those in our community. We trust that God will provide for us.

Is there something that is making your journey feel heavy, overloaded? Do we trust that God and our community will provide for us? Do we have something that someone else needs? Is there a stranger that needs to be provided for?

Spend some time thinking about what God has and is providing for you at this moment – let this be a reassurance that God will provide for you always.

Lord God,

As I journey today, may I know your closeness. May I be guided in each encounter with known neighbours and unknown strangers, may I have grace from the learning of yesterday and be enlightened by the possibilities of today, altogether being thankful for the simple offerings of this new dawn.


Abigail Dawson

Abigail Dawson holds a Masters in Development Studies, Sociology, from the University of Witwatersrand. Her activist and academic interests have focused on migration in a South African context. She is a qualified social worker and has provided counselling for migrant women and children. She hopes to bring change to the current public and global narrative on migration through effective and creative communication, networking and advocacy to ensure equitable communities for all people living in South Africa.

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