No Distressed Areas

"O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." So sings the poet in the one hundred and seventh Psalm. Then, after recounting at considerable length and with many graphic details the manifold trials and troubles through which the people of Israel had passed, over and over again he repeats the comforting refrain, "Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses."

In these days, in spite of all that civilization has done in its effort to benefit mankind, troubles and distresses seem to be just as prevalent as they were in the time when the Psalmist wrote these words. Indeed, nowadays, for many people, the times seem more troublous than ever, certain localities being specially designated as "distressed areas," because of the impoverished condition of the inhabitants. Though we are grateful to hear that much is being done to help the sufferers in these unfortunate districts, it is plain that no material means, however well-intentioned and carefully planned, can afford anything more than temporary relief. The troubles being similar to those of which the Psalmist wrote, the remedy also must be the same. Thought must be turned to God in order to gain perfect freedom, and this involves a complete revolution in human consciousness.

The True Concept of Abundance
August 31, 1935

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