Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A World Shaken Seeks Calm

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A World Shaken Seeks Calm

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A theme is emerging in this present climate of ailing economics: The even keel needed to respond to the current situation has slipped from the grasp of many people and has given way to fear and panic. A world shaken seeks calm. It was heartening to see the use of the word appears in the title of a recent New York Times article: "Forget Logic; Fear Appears to Have Edge" (The New York Times, Oct. 8).

The article explained that despite hopeful signs in the overall financial landscape, some are choosing to ignore these signals and are collectively jumping ship. The article states, "Fear is an immensely powerful force...." It is described as a purely motivational function of the human brain. On the contrary, Jesus implied that fear is not something that just happens to us, but is escapable through disciplining thought to reject it. He declared, "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

A humble and wise woman exercised such dominion over panic when put to the test. She understood that she was not steered by a little mind contained in a material body, but by the divine and infinite Mind, called God. She was so confident in this Mind's guidance, that when an acquaintance - a man of impeccable integrity and spirituality - advised her to leave her house and relocate her home far away in order to ride out a time of mass deprivation, she unquestioningly complied.

Even though the blight was not evident to her at the time, she trusted the foresight of his spiritual-mindedness. Rather than participate in a crisis of confidence, she invested in the protective and restorative power of God, divine Love, she'd seen proven. After all, her friend had resurrected her son from his deathbed. Her friend was the prophet Elisha, and she is identified in the Bible as the Shunammite woman (II Kings 4:32-34).

After exile of seven years, she went before the king to request her property be returned. She, as a widow, had very few rights, but the king, a man who was at that very moment asking about the remarkable things Elisha was accomplishing, had just heard about the raising of the Shunnamite's son from death. …

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