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.

We Will not Fear or Be Dismayed--July 8, 2016

Happy is everyone who trusts in you, O God.
You will not fail us or forsake us,
for you are generous to all who call upon you.
Even in a time of great suffering
we will not fear or be dismayed.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 148; 25; 40
Deut. 31:7-13, 31:24-32:4
Rom. 10:1-13
Matt. 24:15-31
Selected Verses
Ps. 84:12
O LORD of hosts,
          happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Deut. 31:8
"…It is the LORD who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed."  [Moses to Joshua]

Rom. 10:12-13
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Matt. 24:21
"…For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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