Signs of the Times

[Editorial in the Christian Advocate, New York, New York]

The main object of a vacation is to escape from certain scenes, or duties, or associations, or tasks that iteration has made irksome. But it makes some difference to what as well as from what the vacationist escapes. One does not have to search very far for examples of a type of vacation which is worse than none at all, because it only exchanges one set of tasks for another which makes wuite as insistent demands as the usual course of life. Such experiences give the lie to the saying that "the best vacation is change of occupation."

The best vacation for most people in this age would be a spiritual vacation—an excursion which should take us out of the welter of things in which modern life so largely consists, and would win for us entrance into realms of peace and calm, where the outlook upon life is larger and less hurried, where one may climb elevations which command ampler horizons than those which usually hem us in, and where the wide oceans invite the voyager to embark for unknown destinations.

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July 19, 1930

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