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.

Until the Destroying Storms Pass By--July 25, 2016

God, we cannot know what refuge we will find from  
the destroying storms.
On his deathbed, Joshua was surrounded by loyal friends,
from whom he extracted promises.
Paul in his letter to the church at Rome sent greetings
to all whom he knew and hoped to visit.
Jesus had to confront alone those who mocked him
and led him away to be crucified.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 57; 145; 85; 47
Josh. 24:16-33
Rom. 16:1-16
Matt. 27:24-31
Selected Verses
Ps. 57:1b
…in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
          until the destroying storms pass by.

Josh. 24:28-29
So Joshua sent the people away to their inheritances.  After these things Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten years old. 

Rom. 16:15-16
Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them.  Greet one another with a holy kiss.  All the churches of Christ greet you.

Matt. 27:31
After mocking [Jesus], [the soldiers] stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him.  Then they led him away to crucify him.

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