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.

More than We Could ever Expect--March 6, 2016

Why should my soul be cast down;
why should I groan inwardly?
You are the bread of life,
Lord Jesus, our hope
and our salvation.
You give us far more
than we have any reason
to expect.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 150; 42; 32
Gen. 48:8-22
Rom. 8:11-25
John 6:27-40

Selected Verses
Ps. 42:11
Why are you cast down, O my soul,
          and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
          my help and my God.

Gen. 48:11
Israel said to Joseph, "I did not expect to see your face; and here God has let me see your children also."

Rom. 8:23-24a
…and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope we were saved. 

John 6:35
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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