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.

My Rock and My Salvation--July 14, 2016


God, you are my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
As the ointment poured on Christ's body
prepared him for burial, so pour out
Holy Spirit upon me and transform me,
by the renewing of my mind, to be
able to discern what is your will for me,
what is good, acceptable, perfect.
Then give me a reminder,
a rock to remember.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 147:12-20; 16; 62
Josh. 3:14-4:7
Rom. 12:1-8
Matt. 26:1-16
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 62:2
[God] alone is my rock and my salvation,
          my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

Josh. 4:5-6
Joshua said to [the representatives of the twelve tribes], "Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you take up a stone on his shoulder, one for each of the tribes of the Israelites, so that this may be a sign among you.  When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' …"

Rom. 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Matt. 26:12
"…By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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