“Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.”

Mark 6:7

Monday, 12 July 2021

Mark 6:7-13

Listen:  Ballake Sissoke- Maimouna (Blessed)

Our world is bewildered by uncertainty, change and loss. In these times, it can be difficult to clearly see where God wants us to go or be present. Survival feels like the only place we can be right now. Yet, within this uncertainty, there is a gentle longing for something different. There is something uncomfortable with how the world is unfolding. Are we being asked to go somewhere else? Is our longing for change? Where is it that God is sending us?

Extract from A Blessing For Longing 

Blessed be the longing that brought you here

 And quickens your soul with wonder.

 May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire

 That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.

 May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease

 To discover the new direction your longing wants you to take.

 May the forms of your belonging—in love, creativity, and friendship—

 Be equal to the grandeur and the call of your soul…..

May you come to accept your longing as divine urgency.

 May you know the urgency with which God longs for you.

John O’Donohue,

 To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

In the quiet of this moment, are you able to listen to where God might be sending you? Is God calling you to pray for a particular person or group of people today? Are you being sent to give something to somebody today? Take some time to ask God where he is sending you today, tomorrow, this week. 

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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