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Forecasting the future

A Christian Science perspective on daily life.

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In the midst of the economic downturn, there's one business that's having a brisk upturn: the psychic trade – those who predict the future about everything from love and jobs to 401Ks. An article in The New York Times (Nov. 23, 2008) reported business really got rolling last summer, and it continues to pick up steam.

On the receiving end of this boom are tarot-card readers, astrologers, palm readers, and spirit channelers, some of whom say business is up 70 percent. One astrologer quoted in the Times piece looked at it this way: "People will entertain the irrational when what they consider rational collapses."

One doesn't have to dig too deeply to understand that in times of uncertainty individuals who seek clues about what lies ahead are looking for some assurance that their lives are in control. And though a desire for assurance and peace of mind is natural and right, being driven to "entertain the irrational" leads one to ask, Where can real security be found?

When his disciples asked Jesus a similar question, he responded in this way: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12). This is big news – that Jesus, a healer to the world, encouraged his followers to do not just as he did – but better!

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