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.

Free from the Law of Sin and of Death--Feb. 28, 2016


What can we say to you, God?
What can we speak?
How can we clear ourselves?
You have found out
our guilt.

But there is no condemnation
for those who are in Christ Jesus,
for just as you have life in yourself,
so you have granted your Son
to have life in himself,
and the law of the Spirit
of life in Christ Jesus has
set us free from the law
of sin and of death. 

Happy are we, O God,
whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 150; 42; 32
Gen. 44:1-17
Rom. 8:1-10
John 5:25-29

Selected Verses
Ps. 32:1
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
          whose sin is covered. 

Gen. 44:16a
And Judah said [to Joseph], "What can we say to my lord?  What can we speak?  How can we clear ourselves?  God has found out the guilt of your servants… ." 

Rom. 8:1-2
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 

John 5:26
"…For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself…"  [Jesus to those who wanted to kill him]

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