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 Stand Firm, Unafraid--Apr. 3, 2016

Great is your steadfast love toward us, dear God,
and your faithfulness endures forever.
We will remember this, even when we are afraid.
Our fellowship is with you, and with
your Son, Jesus Christ, even when we are afraid.
Jesus has prepared a place for us, and he
will take us to himself, so that where he is, we may
be also; we will stand firm, unafraid,
and see the deliverance that you have prepared for us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Exod. 14:5-22
1 John 1:1-7
John 14:1-7

Selected Verses
Ps. 117:2
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
          and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!

Exod. 14:13a
But Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid, stand firm, and see the deliverance that the LORD will accomplish for you today…"

1 John 1:3
…we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

John 14:3
"…And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  …"  [Jesus to the eleven disciples, after Judas had gone out]

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