SCAN THE HEADLINES in practically any country, and you'll be likely to find uncertainty about the stability of employment, government affairs, healthcare, the economy, the housing market, education. Many are wondering, "Where are we going? What will happen to me when we get there?"

People confronted with major change in any era—from ancient times to the Great Depression, the World Wars, more recent conflicts, as well as 9/11 and afterward—have asked those questions. They may seem more urgent now, however, because the world is so interconnected. What happens in the US, China, or Brazil soon ripples out to other countries. In essence, stability and progress are in everyone's hands.

A touchstone for many has been Jesus' conviction of God's presence and love, and divine guidance in showing that this is where we need to look for answers. In one of his dialogues with the Pharisees and the Sadducees, Jesus responded to their request for a sign from heaven by asking, "Ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matt. 16:3).

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