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.

To Receive Mercy and Find Grace--March 26, 2016

Lord Jesus Christ, our rock and fortress,
to you we lift up our hands and our hearts.
Help us examine our ways and return to you.

With boldness we approach the throne 
of grace, that we may receive mercy and 
find grace to help in time of need. 

For your name's sake lead us and guide us,
for if you are in us, though the body is dead
because of sin, the Spirit is life because 
of righteousness.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 43; 149; 31; 143
Lam. 3:37-58
Heb. 4:1-16
Rom. 8:1-11

Selected Verses
Ps. 31:3
You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
      for your name's sake lead me and guide me…

Lam. 3:40-41
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD.  Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.

Heb. 4:16
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Rom. 8:10
But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

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