“So, they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.”

Mark 6:12-13

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Mark 6:7-13


Listen: Dereck Gripper – Kaira (Peace)


Think back on your previous week. Did you come across a stranger? Are you aware of someone who is not included in the world you know? Are they in a different position to you, unable to access the things you may take for granted?

 It may be someone you passed on the streets, saw on the news, or spoke to. As that person comes to mind, spend some time asking God how you can respond to this person. What needs to be done to enable this person to be a part of our communities?  What structural and political changes are required? Do we need to be critical of our assumptions and prejudices? Do I need to ask more questions and take less for granted?

Is God calling us to welcome someone and ask them to stay? Are we invited to understand someone else’s world, stay there, be present and understand, until we leave?

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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