Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.Luke 9:1-6
You set me on a journey, but take all I'd prepared and send me out with nothing to go I-know-not-where. Without my sure provisions and all my careful plans, I go about my mission with only empty hands. I meant to scale the mountains but had no rod or staff, to sail the ocean's fountains, but had no mast or raft, so when I fell, I shattered, and when I sank, I drowned, and all my dreams were scattered as ashes on the ground. What is it, then, you've asked me? (No money in my sack.) With what, then, have you tasked me? (No tunic for my back.) There's nothing I can give you, no glories for your name. I am not worthy of you: This is my constant shame. But still your journey beckons, and, sandal-less, I go with nothing I had reckoned, by roads I do not know. You do not ask for wonders, but only that I walk. Then barefoot, let me blunder along the road you've marked.