March 6, 2018
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Mark 6:7-13

Jesus, can we just talk about this? In this passage you send your chosen twelve to go from place to place acting in your stead and they are to travel light, without bags, provisions, or money… only a staff.

I’ve got issues, Lord. Is that ok? I’ve had a lot of experience of not being among those “chosen,” and it’s hard to think you would choose me from among others . So, I start off this passage already thinking it’s not about me. So, how should I read this?

And then there’s the ”take nothing for the journey” part. That’s way out of my experience! I think I really need my purse, or at least cash, or my credit cards! I can try not to overpack, but to take nothing? That’s asking a lot.

Help me to pray with this passage! What are you saying to me now?

(c) 2018 Dr. Nancy Kate Dunkerley
HeartPaths Core Faculty
SMI Board of Director

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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