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WEDNESDAY, October 22

Luke 10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!”

On my first trip abroad, I took a small suitcase and slept in youth hostels. Visiting well-known sights like the Eiffel Tower and Westminster Abbey was my goal. I thought I was very brave; in reality, I was very innocent. I returned home, my life changed. I had learned some important truths about getting along with my brothers and sisters in other countries; I had found God’s spirit in both wooden chapels and frescoed cathedrals.

Remembering that, I think of the seventy disciples setting out with no bag and no sandals. Luke tells us they were like lambs in the midst of wolves. But they had one needful thing: Jesus. No wonder they returned full of joy! Because of their faith, they had learned that life in Christ vanquished even the demons of death.

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