Though stress has existed for thousands of years, it has only recently been recognized as a contributor to physical, emotional and spiritual ailments. Many of today's sources of stress - change, illness, money, temptation, sin and conflict - have existed for millenia, afflicting mankind with physical, emotional and spiritual "thorns and thistles" since Adam and Eve exited Eden.
The scriptures are replete with direct and indirect references to stress. And they speak of the Lord's willingness to comfort the afflicted:"Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." (Isaiah 49:13.)
While on the earth the Savior promised: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27.)
The Book of Mormon tells us that Alma the younger experienced "anxiety even unto pain" over the welfare of the Nephites. (Alma 13:27.)
It says in the Old Testament that David attracted "every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented . . . and there were with him about four hundred men." (1 Sam. 22:2.)
The Psalmist said, ". . . my soul refused to be comforted . . . .I am so troubled that I cannot speak." (Psalms 77:2,4.)
And later, "In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me." (Psalms 120:1.)
Zephaniah spoke of a "day of trouble and distress . . . a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness." (Zephaniah 1:15.)
The scriptures assure us that a loving Heavenly Father leaves none of His children comfortless in their times of need, if they will but seek Him.