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Where Have We Placed Our Hope and Trust? (LOH Monday Week 3)

The following reflections are provided for individual or communal reflection in preparation for praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Morning Prayer -> Evening Prayer -> How to Pray


Morning Prayer

Psalm 84 -> Isaiah 2:2-5 -> Psalm 96

1. Take a few moments to reflect on the themes of the prayers this morning:

This morning we see across all three readings in the psalmody a focus on the Temple, represented as the Lord’s dwelling place (Psalm 84), a mountain (Isaiah 2:2-5), and courts (Psalm 96). In Psalm 84 the psalmist is longing for the presence of God. In Isaiah 2:2-5 we are invited to reflect on the Temple of the future, when God who was lifted up on the cross will draw all people to Himself. Psalm 96 invites us to reflect on and celebrate the hope we have of when we will all worship the Lord together in heaven.

2. Consider one or more of these questions for reflection:

  • How is your soul longing and yearning for the Lord today? Are you experiencing restlessness and how might that be an indication of your own longing for the Lord? (Psalm 96).
  • How will you call on God’s help to “climb the mountain of the Lord” by redirecting your thoughts, fears, hopes, desires, and anxieities to the Lord today? (Isaiah 2:2-5).
  • How might you praise God by giving thanks for the ways He has worked in your life in the past?

Evening Prayer

Psalm 123 -> Psalm 124 -> Ephesians 1:3-10

1. Take a few moments to reflect on the themes of the prayers this evening:

The prayers this evening invite us to reflect on our own need for God’s help (Psalm 123), the ways that God has been there for us in the past (Psalm 124), and place our trust in our present and our future in the salvation that has been won for us through Christ (Ephesians 1:3-10). Consider this quote from Saint Augustine: “So by fixing our hope up above, we have set it like an anchor on firm ground, able to hold against any of the stormy waves of this world, not by our own strength but by that of the one in whom this anchor of our hope has been fixed. Having caused us to hope, after all, he will not disappoint us, but will in due course give us the reality in exchange for the hope.” (Sermon 359A, 1-4). Where is your hope anchored?

2. Consider one or more of these questions for reflection:

  • Where do you need God’s help and what will it take to keep your eyes “fixed” on God through the evening and into tomorrow (Psalm 123)?
  • How has God been “on your side” in the past through answered prayers and positive circumstances and how might that help you trust him with your present circumstances and your future (Psalm 124)?
  • What does it mean to be an “adopted” child of God through Jesus Christ and a member of the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:3-10)
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