Recognizing the “signs of the times” depends on so many things - eyes that see, ears that hear, a heart open to all that’s holy in our midst.

Largely, reading the signs depends on your connections – the other people in your life, what you read and listen to, what you believe, for heaven’s sake!

So how about hanging out with God? God is never absent, always seeking you (whether or not you are seeking God). Take a moment. Open mind and heart. Listen. Learn to recognize the signs of the holy in all times.

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They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is near!' Do not go after them."

Luke 21:7-8

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One of the toughest calls of our times. Who do we follow? Which leader is speaking the truth, if any? Which friend is on the right track?

Back in the 60s, we experienced a similar time of confusion. As moral values seemed to be changing around us, we were surrounded by navel gazers and group sessions to help us find out who we were and why.

I asked a priest friend of mine about it. He said, “You know, it reminds me of the person who wanted to find out how a clock worked. She took the clock apart and spread out its pieces all over the dining room table. When she was done, she had the answer to her question. But she no longer had a clock.

“We are called to go inside to that place that is connected with everyone else. We are called to the center where God is – in us and in others and in the world. Then we will find our true identity.”

Barbara Gray

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God is within us. God is – without us. Amen.

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Before you go, take another moment. Breathe deeply of the unconditional love, strength, compassion, and courage that God brings.

Then go to be the hands and feet of the Lord in your world – no matter how big or small. Make your life a “sign of the times,” a sign of joy and hope for each new day.

You can’t do it alone. That’s the key. But God is always there to help if you are aware and reach out for God's hand.

You’ll see the signs everywhere.

Barbara Gray

Barbara Wood Gray is a spiritual director based in Tucson, Arizona. She is married with a gaggle of children, their spouses, grandchildren and great grands. She has long been attached at the hip to the Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her continuing delight is in her extended family, and in feeding and watching the birds on her patio.

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