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.

Like Calves Released from Winter Stalls--Feb. 7, 2016

[From Feb. 19, 2012 archive]

Rise for us, O Sun of Righteousness,
rise with healing in your wings,
for we need to be healed.

Come, O Heavenly Mother/Father, come;
like a compassionate parent come;
we need your compassion.

Come Lord Jesus, full of glory; unveil
our faces to behold your glory--
transform us in your image.

Then send us leaping out into the world,
calves released from winter stalls,
to tell crowds who you are.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Mal. 4:1-6
2 Cor. 3:7-18
Luke 9:18-27

Selected Verses
Ps. 103:13
As a father has compassion for his children,
          so the LORD has compassion for those who fear him.

Mal. 4:2
But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

2 Cor. 3:18
And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

Luke 9:18
Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?"

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