My first line is (actually a paragraph) from the introduction:
"A generation ago, public discourse was littered with biblical references. Someone who endured painful circumstances without giving in to resignation and despair was said to have "the patience of Job". Someone who demonstrated an uncanny ability to see the true nature of things was said to have "the wisdom of Solomon." Great stories like David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion's den and Balaam's talking donkey were mentioned in stories and songs - both religious and popular. Everyone was at least somewhat familiar with them. But that isn't the case anymore."
While I do somewhat disagree with the last two sentences - I don't think the situation is anywhere near as dire as made out to be - I am excited to start this devotional and see where it takes me.