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Read:  Isaiah 43:19

19 See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”

 “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”  – George Santayana

“What’s past is prologue” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, Scene 1

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;     there is nothing new under the sun.”   – King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 1:9

There are many examples of the truth that “history repeats itself”; I give you exhibit A the vinyl record – (8 track tapes, anyone?).  So, this observation, this bit of wisdom from both William Shakespeare and King Solomon (long before him, is intriguing.  There is an undeniable pattern that is ingrained in both culture and human nature.  We resist it, sometimes with a passion, we say “We must never forget” i.e. this past week was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and “We will remember you always”, words spoken in tribute to Kobe Bryant.  But we do forget.  And, times change.  And lessons must be learned again by subsequent generations.  When I was a boy one of my sports heroes, Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash in Central America on a mission relief trip providing aid after a terrible earthquake in Nicaragua.  I remember, but my memory fades.  This week was “Ground Hog Day” and few (if any) remember if he was right last year!   Meteorologists claim the groundhog is 38% accurate in prognosticating weather, which really isn’t very good, but we keep wanting to know, “Did he see his shadow?”

This snippet of wisdom is like most wisdom – it is true and insightful enough to get our attention and more – but it isn’t an absolute, at least not in specifics.  Sometimes real change occurs, sometimes something new does happen under the sun; the most notable things in life are “the exceptions to the rule”.  So, here’s to God, Who does “new things” and to the Gospel words of 2 Corinthians 5:17, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom