One of my favorite books is John Piper’s The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction.
It was in this book I first learned about David Brainerd missionary to the American Indians. David Brainerd lived 1718-1747.
I was reading through some genealogy papers that were mailed to me several years ago and on the second page I could not believe my eyes.
Nathaniel Phelps Feb 13 1692 – Oct 14 1747 Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA – attended David Brainerd’s funeral 3 days before his own death.
When I was first introduced to David Brainerd through the pages of John Piper’s book and I felt intensely interested in his life. Maybe it was John’s Piper’s excellent writing, but I was very moved by his story and felt a connection to David Brainerd. But a good writer can do that I know.
Having read this today in the Phelps papers, the thoughts I had of David Brainerd came back to me.
Wonders never cease.