I am an emeritus professor from Cornell University and was a Commissioned Lay Preacher in the Presbyterian Church (USA). For many years I have followed the Daily Lectionary as printed in the Mission Yearbook of my church. For each day of a two-year cycle, the lectionary lists four psalms and three other scriptural passages--usually one from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. My practice is to copy down a verse or two from one of the psalms and from each of the other three passages. After I have written out all four selections, I reflect upon them, rearrange their order, and incorporate them into a meditation. Sometimes I retain much of the original wording; sometimes all that remains of a selection is an idea that was stimulated when I read the original words. All selections are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. For the Daily Lectionary, see the link below.

Restore the Joy of Your Salvation--May 24, 2013

 Blessed be your name, Lord Jesus!
You restored to health those who were ill;
when we persist in sin, be to us a restorer of life.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in us a willing spirit,
and send us on our way.

Lectionary Readings

Ps. 51; 148; 142; 65
Ruth 4:1-22
1 Tim. 5:17-25
Luke 14:1-11

Selected Verses

Ps. 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
          and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Ruth 4:14-15
Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may [your son's] name be renowned in Israel!  He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him."

1 Tim. 5:20
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest also may stand in fear.

Luke 14:3-4
And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, "Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?"  But they were silent.  So Jesus took [the man who had dropsy] and healed him, and sent him away.

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