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Daily reading: 8 December

The mission of the Twelve.

Something to read

Then Jesus[a] called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere.

Luke 9:1-6

Something to think about

Well at last! A passage about something to do rather than about waiting for something to happen!

Most of us want to be doers, don’t we? We want to act, to get on with it and to achieve. I know for myself, that if a day in the office doesn’t have a tangible piece of work that I can look at and handle, then the end of the day will have a disappointing feel about it. A guilty feeling even, as if I hadn’t actually done much work if there was evidence to hand.

Looking at the state of the world can also make us feel like that. There is so much to do, after all. So much poverty, so many conflicts, so much environmental destruction. Can we just stop talking about it and do something!

But being reflective is important. Spending time drawing inspiration from God, either through the Bible or a hymn or a mediation, can push us to do more. And drawing strength through prayer is always beneficial.

Yes, there’s a lot to do, but there’s too much to do for us not to stop and wait for and with God.

Something to do

Go and do what God has told you. You don’t need me to tell you what to do.

Trust that he has spoken and do it.

Something to pray

Lord of the still, small voice, keep speaking as I keep listening.

And give me strength to be obedient.

Amen.

Today’s contributor is Dyfed Wyn Roberts. Dyfed works for Christian Aid in Wales. He has a PhD in church history and is a keen photographer.