"Bigger than the shadow"

A widely read secular magazine recently published an editorial entitled "Peace of Mind" with a subheading which said there are many palliatives for personal unhappiness but there is only one cure. The writer observes that, despite the fact that the war is over and won; that most of those who were in the service are home; that nearly everyone has a job; that gasoline is in the car, and butter on the table—there are still multitudes who are unhappy. Exploring the reasons for such widespread discontent, the writer finds fear is a primary factor.

The editorial concludes: "A nation so rich in blessings yet gripped with a psychic unhappiness could do no better than consider... the qualities of that Giver of 'every good and perfect gift,' and with faith seek there for what it wants. For obviously peace of mind is of the spirit, not matter."

Good advice this, not only for one nation but for all. Fearfulness, unhappiness, discouragement, and despair, how prevalent they are in every race and clime! But there is a way out for every individual, and so for every nation. It is the way of faith in God, in His goodness, in His omnipotence, and in the God-designed nature and destiny of man.

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June 28, 1947

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