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.

When Trouble is Near--Feb. 19, 2016

When trouble is near,
when friends forget me,
and there's no one to help,
be not far from me, dear God.

Remind me that I am your temple
and your Spirit dwells in me,
and you have called me
to get up and follow
you, Jesus.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 22; 148; 105; 130
Gen. 40:1-23
1 Cor. 3:16-23
Mark 2:13-22

Selected Verses
Ps. 22:11
Do not be far from me,
          for trouble is near
          and there is no one to help.

Gen. 40:23
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

1 Cor. 3:16
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 

Mark 2:14
As [Jesus] was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he got up and followed him.

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