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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

Chapter two of Nicholas Christakis’s book Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live is titled “An Old Enemy Returns.”

Christakis writes, “While the way we have come to live in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic might feel alien and unnatural, it is actually neither of those things. Plagues are a feature of the human experience. What happened in 2020 was not new to our species. It was just new to us.”

We’ve been here before. The same applies to almost everything else we experience.

I’m reminded again of how useful it is to read great history. It helps prepare us to deal with almost everything that we face today. History doesn’t just teach us about the past; it instructs us on how to live in the present. “History is, and must ever continue to be, next to God's Word, the rightest foundation of wisdom, and the surest guide to all successful practical activity” (Philip Schaff).

“I sometimes think that the very essence of the whole Christian position and the secret of a successful spiritual life is just to realize two things … I must have complete, absolute confidence in God and no confidence in myself.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

If you are a pastor, the North American Mission Board would like to give you a free copy of Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon, an excellent book by Ray Rhodes. Pastors only.

Get your free copy here.
Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow