Nov  2010 03
Take Courage

God lifts us out of our seeming nothingness, as Jim Wilson notes in this reflection on Haggai 2:3-5

Take Courage

The 24th Sunday after Pentecost, Nov. 7, 2010 Green

Haggai 1:15b-2:9, Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17, Luke 20:27-38


“Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Is it not in your sight as nothing? Yet now take courage,…says the Lord… take courage all you people of the land, says the Lord; work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Hosts.” Haggai 2:3-5  (NRSV)



In the bleakness of life,

that day hope hid its face,

the temple a shambles,

the prophet in disarray,

the army routed,

despair the mood of the land—


Truth breaking in,

welling up inside the troubled soul,

a heart intent on noting the presence

of the Lord of Hosts in full glory,

the Lord; dependent not on the victor in war,

caring not for the spoils thereof


The call to faithfulness rings out true and clear,

up now off your seat,

sing the songs of faithfulness,

gather together as God’s children,

moving past the torture of yesterday

spend your time working for good

licking not the wounds of those old battle scars


Leaders come and go,

governments rise and fall,

the life styles of God’s children,

vary drastically from moment to moment,

oft blurring the mind set of hope,

and then—


The Lords of Hosts breathes still,

and we notice this breath once more,

lifting us from the despair of our seemingly nothingness,

pointing us into a new life of wonder as we take special note;

“‘He isn’t the God of the dead but of the living.

To him they are all alive.’” Luke 20:38 CEB

living into the salvation of always



Now to move on, discovering the goodness of living into the life of the God of the living.  -- Jim Wilson

Note: Jim Wilson is a retired United Methodist minister with a close connection to PTS.

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