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Oct 20

Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your awesome, merciful protection yesterday. I had no idea that the furry little caterpillar I picked up — twice — was the most venomous caterpillar in America! I was just delighted to have something to show my daughter, as she is always bringing nature stuff home to show me. I took pics of him and set him up in a nice little temporary home with sticks and greenery and a bit of water. He went to sleep, clutched on the side of the cage, and I looked him up online. I was amazed to find out that he is capable of inflicting such pain that people have compared it to a broken bone, have said it is worse than a scorpion or jellyfish sting, and have even passed out from the pain! And little nature-lover me handled him without incident. Thank you for protecting me, Lord!! 😀

Mark 16:12-20 ERV

Later, Jesus appeared to two followers while they were walking in the country. But Jesus did not look the same as before he was killed.
These followers went back to the other followers and told them what happened. Again, the followers did not believe them.
Later, Jesus appeared to the eleven followers while they were eating. He criticized them because they had so little faith. They were stubborn and refused to believe the people who said Jesus had risen from death.
He said to them, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. But those who do not believe will be judged guilty.
And the people who believe will be able to do these things as proof: They will use my name to force demons out of people. They will speak in languages they never learned.
If they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be hurt. They will lay their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
After the Lord Jesus said these things to his followers, he was carried up into heaven. There, Jesus sat at the right side of God.
The followers went everywhere in the world telling people the Good News, and the Lord helped them. By giving them power to do miracles the Lord proved that their message was true.

Lord, I have no desire to go preaching to people and performing miracles, but you know I would obey you if you told me to do so. Still, I am extremely grateful for receiving a bit of your promise to your disciples — the ability to handle poisonous animals without being hurt!! I thank you again for your mercy, and for the delight I’ve had, watching this furry little thing in his little home. My daughter got to see him up close, and my husband recognized him right away — he got stung by one in his childhood! He said it was quite painful, but he’s had a scorpion sting him that was worse pain. I’ve been stung by a small scorpion in my youth and it wasn’t too bad. Still, I am very grateful for not only being spared the suffering yesterday, but also having the opportunity to be encouraged by your faithful care of me! Thank you, kind Shepherd!


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