Things That Cannot Be Shaken

In the closing verses of the twelfth chapter of that remarkable letter to the Hebrews may be found a description of the turmoil of mortal mind which most aptly fits the condition of the world today. The twenty-seventh verse reads, "And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."

Today the world of sense is shaken to its depths, and not only nations, but communities, civic and political bodies, social organizations, individuals, are being tested to the uttermost, that those things which "cannot be shaken" may remain steadfast in radiant immutability. It is well, then, that one "refuse not him that speaketh," but that he listen to the voice of Principle, and that he keep his thinking and living fixed in those things that remain steadfast and unmoved. He will do well, indeed, who keeps his consciousness apart from the rubble of things being shaken, who refuses to be governed by rumor, speculation, prophecies, and so forth, all fostered by radio, newsprint, personal gossip, astrology, and mesmerism of mass thinking.

This is a time when emotions are deeply stirred and the temptation is strong to be governed by personal affections and prejudice, to allow thought to be dominated by partisanship, national, political, or inherited. On page 79 of 'Retrospection and Introspection" our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has written, "If beset with misguided emotions, we shall be stranded on the quicksands of worldly commotion, and practically come short of the wisdom requisite for teaching and demonstrating the victory over self and sin."

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