Psalms were nonrhyming poetry. The opening verse
of Psalm 121 asks a question in the form of a descriptive
statement, which is answered in verse 2. It should
probably be punctuated with a question mark, like the
New Revised Standard Version:
I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where
will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made
heaven and earth.
Journeying through the hill country of Israel brought
special jeopardy from armed bandits, who hid among
the rocks and ambushed passers-by. Travelers had to
keep their eyes alert, raised to the hillsides and to the
path ahead. Where did the faithful Hebrews place their
trust? In “the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
All eight verses of Psalm 121 resemble an early version
of the “Prayer for Protection,” which Unity poet laureate
James Dillet Freeman would pen many centuries later.
But I like the Fillmorean interpretation too. Dwelling
on divine truths will bring peace within, no matter what
outer dangers await.
Dear Dr. Tom: If the current trend toward global climate
change continues, the earth will become too hot for
humans in a few centuries. What does Unity think we
should do about this unprecedented, looming crisis?
Take spiritual action or political action?
—W.D., Madison, Wisconsin
Dear W.D.: I don’t speak for Unity because we represent
many different points of view. But I’ll be happy to
respond as one theologian to the “unprecedented,
looming crisis” you have rightly described. First, I believe
it is time for spiritual action and political action. The
spiritual action called for is prayer coupled with outreach
to humanity at large, in the consciousness of an abiding
faith that God in us can overcome any perceived danger
we may face. This will also require political action.
Partnering with leaders at all levels of government and
industry, we must keep up the pressure for reasonable,
steady progress on curbing greenhouse emissions while
meeting our energy needs with sensible alternatives to
If all these measures fail, or if the power structures
won’t budge, and the planet continues to warm, we may
have to opt for solutions that today sound like science
fiction. Large, orbital shields could block some of the
solar radiation. Warmer ocean currents, like the Gulf
Stream, could be artificially detoured away from polar
regions. Weather patterns might be manipulated to
decrease the effects of climate change.
Failing all these, our descendants might have to
relocate to earth-type planets elsewhere in the galaxy, a
solution that will require faster than light (FTL) travel.
Should this prove impossible, a draconian solution to
save humanity might be to launch vast migratory ships,
where new generations are born and die en route to a
new planet Earth.
These are real possibilities. But frankly, I think riding
mass transit to work and developing solar, wind, and
geothermal power is a much better answer. And prayer—
lots of prayer. There is still time. Trusting our gifts from
Divine Spirit, we can refuse to despoil the earth, which
our religious literature says God has declared good. Even
though I would love to fly in a starship to distant worlds,
saving the homeworld of humanity sounds like the best
solution of all.
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1) Group with a common purpose
3) Maria Nemeth teaches “The _____ of Money”
5) What Scholl got out of, after studying
6) Rowboat equipment
8) Energy in motion
11) What Rev. Holder reduced a Franklin to
13) Rev. Milton’s neighbors taught her to ____
14) Rev. Barrette’s clandestine purchase
16) Give one-tenth
17) Choquette’s key to unlocking intuition:
1) Peace Chapel mural artist
2) 2017 WDOP theme:
Peace in the _______
3) Go back, as a tide
4) Brazilian city
7) Ponder’s progeny
9) Charles Fillmore was raised
among the ______ nation
10) Rev. Isola’s take on the energy
of the Five Principles
12) Choquette’s new residence
15) Make noise, like a lion
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