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.

Unbind Me, Jesus--Feb. 25, 2014

 Save me, Jesus, and put away from me
all crooked speech, all devious talk.
Save me, vindicate me by your might;
let me abide in love, that I may abide in God
and that God may abide in me.
Unbind me, let me go.

Lectionary Readings

Ps. 54; 146; 28; 99
Prov. 4:1-27
1 John 4:7-21
John 11:30-44

Selected Verses

Ps. 54:1
Save me, O God, by your name,
          and vindicate me by your might.

Prov. 4:24
Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

1 John 4:16b
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.

John 11:44b
Jesus said to [the crowd], "Unbind him, and let him go."

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