Living on Hope: Day 4 Reflection


Habakkuk 2:1-3

I will stand at my watch

    and station myself on the ramparts;

I will look to see what he will say to me,

    and what answer I am to give to this complaint.[

The Lord’s Answer

Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation

    and make it plain on tablets

    so that a herald may run with it.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;

    it speaks of the end

    and will not prove false.

Though it linger, wait for it;

    it will certainly come

    and will not delay.


Imagine yourself as the guard watching from a tower on the edge of the city. What are you watching for? What image on the horizon would delight you?


Habakkuk urges us to wait and to believe that God will act. What have you been waiting and hoping for, for a long time? What are you doing or could you do to make your hope into reality?


“There is still a vision for the appointed time.” How would you describe this “time” in your life? Which of the four seasons——spring, summer, fall, Winter—would you say  characterizes your life right now? Why?


Think of someone who is waiting for something—expectant parents, a person waiting to hear about a job, someone at the bedside of a terminally ill loved one. Drawing on your own experience with God during times of waiting, What would you say to this person or these people?



Sit quietly and name before God the hopes that are in your heart as Christmas approaches this year. Ask God’s help in seeing What you are to do as you wait.

Pray a breath prayer.

For your breath prayer over the next twenty-four hours, offer into God’s care your hopes and dreams. Use a few words to describe your hopes (health, peace, forgiveness, reconciliation) or simply say, “God of my heart, I give you my hopes.”


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