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.

When We Want You to Leave Us, Jesus--May 11, 2016


There are times when we seek you, Jesus, as our
refuge and shelter from the storm and rain;
but forgive us, Jesus, there are also times
when we want you to go away and leave us—
times when we are not ready to grow up into you,
you who are the head, from whom the whole
body promotes the body’s growth,
building itself up in love.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 99; 147:1-11; 9; 118
Isa. 4:2-6
Eph. 4:1-16
Matt. 8:28-34
       
Selected Verses
Ps. 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
          for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Isa. 4:5b-6
Indeed over all the glory there will be a canopy.  It will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

Eph. 4:15-16
But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.

Matt. 8:34
Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

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