Haggai 1:15b-2:9

“Take Courage for I Am with You”

Set during the aftermath of exile, and the beginning of the rebuilding of the temple, Haggai recounts the questions and difficulties of looking to the future while remembering the glory of the past even as the present situation seems fraught with difficulty and devoid of possibility.  How will the people move forward?  How will they look to the future?  Through the prophet, God tells them (and us) what they need to know: “Take courage, for I am with you!”