If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town.
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If only we could channel our inner Taylor Swift song and just "Shake it off" when we are no longer welcome. The perception of the gesture is that it is filled with a self-righteous attitude that we brandish as a weapon against what, to most people, would be the pain of stunning rejection. Is that what Jesus is really up to here? Is he giving the troops a motivational pep talk, a slap on the back, a "don't let the turkeys get you down" speech? Aren't these also the people we have been sent to love and comfort, heal and forgive? Yes, but here this instruction to shake it off may be some practical advice driven by a sense of urgency. There is so much more work to do. So many more to hear and experience the Good News of Jesus. We will not be as effective as we would like to be. Perhaps Jesus was telling the disciples and us not to spend a lot of time mourning our losses of which there will be many, but rather to keep swimming. So, sorry Taylor Swift....maybe Jesus had more "Finding Nemo" in mind....just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
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Keep me afloat, Lord. Amen.