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.

All Authority in Heaven and on Earth--May 5, 2016

O God, you are a God of salvation;
to you belongs escape from death.

You have given all authority in
heaven and on earth to Jesus—
dominion and glory and kingship.

But he was tested by what he suffered,
and he is able to help us when we are tested.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Dan. 7:9-14
Heb. 2:5-18
Matt. 28:16-20
Selected Verses
Ps. 68:20
Our God is a God of salvation,
          and to GOD, the Lord, belongs escape from death.

Dan. 7:13-14a
As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven.  And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.  To him was given dominion and glory and kingship…

Heb. 2:18
Because [Jesus] himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

Matt. 28:18
And Jesus came and said to [his eleven disciples], "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  …” 

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