“Take nothing for the journey except a staff.”

Mark 6:8

Friday, 16 July 2021

Mark 6:7-13



This scripture offers guidance on how God wants us to be in this world. These may, at times, seem like high standards to meet. We may feel we are failing to be the kind of disciple God calls us to be. Perhaps we feel we would like to be guided more closely.

In the scripture, God’s tell the disciples to take only one thing, a staff. It is something to lean on and support them as they journey. What has been your ‘staff’ up until now? What is supporting you?

Perhaps a staff also gives a feeling of safety. It is a symbol of protection. What gives you a feeling of safety in your life? What do you need to feel protected?

We are encouraged and reassured in this passage from Mark’s Gospel that God will provide for us.

Is there something that we need help with from God to travel lightly, welcome strangers, share our gifts, and extend grace and mercy where we are rejected?

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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