Luke 10:1-23 tells the story of Jesus sending out the 70. They are to make disciples ( the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few). They are to take nothing, enter a town, bless a household, eat what is given them, heal the sick, and share the message that the Kingdom of God is near.

Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals

I’ll be carrying a 28 liter backpack filled with clothing, toiletries, food, cell phone, portable keyboard, cables & extra batteries, and more. While the exact contents are not fully decided upon this pack will weigh around 15 pounds. Right now I’m in awe of those disciples who carried nothing. I’m packing at least 3 pairs of socks: 1 to wear, 1 to change into at midday, 1 to wear the next day in case the two I wash at night aren’t dry by morning.

Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals

What would Jesus say to me if he saw my backpack? Would he jokingly roll his eyes, smile, and say, “My child you have all that you need.” Would he see my fear of being vulnerable without a backup battery? Doesn’t he know how frightened I am trying to figure out what I truly need?

Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals

Oh God help me to know what it is that I really need and trust that it will be enough. Amen

Published by michelleperram

I am me, a person with love for others, a passion to be creative, and a desire to be a cheerleader for others. I’m a wife, a mommy, and a grandma (you can call me by my grandma name “Lady M”). I’m on a search to grow and connect more fully with God. I didn’t grow up particularly church, married a man who had, and we raised our three daughters in the church. I found a place to belong in the church and somehow discerned a call to go to seminary. I received a Masters of Arts and Religious Communication (MARC). I went on to become ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church and served in media ministry and Christian education. As clergy I found that I didn’t have a place to belong in the church so I left the United Methodist Church in 2010. I still believe and I’m still on a quest to draw closer to God. And I’m going to walk the Camino de Santiago.

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