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.

Deliver My Soul from Death--March 29, 2016


Lord Jesus, you have delivered
our feet from stumbling
and our eyes from tears;
deliver too our souls from death.

When our time to die has come,
it will not matter if the
dough is not leavened--
our preparations will not matter.

What matters is to be made alive
in you.  Then there is
no need for weeping,
no need for time of mourning.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 98; 146; 66; 116
Exod. 12:28-39
1 Cor. 15:12-28
Mark 16:9-20

Selected Verses
Ps. 116:8
For you have delivered my soul from death,
          my eyes from tears,
          my feet from stumbling. 

Exod. 12:39
[The fleeing Israelites] baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves.

1 Cor. 15:22
…for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.

Mark 16:10
[Mary Magdalene] went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping [that she had seen the risen Lord].

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