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 the Sun Did Not Stand Still--July 22, 2016

Jesus was faithful, and offered prayer to you,
but in his time of distress the sun did not stand still;
the moon did not stop--no power of signs and wonders
prevented the rush of mighty waters from reaching him
and swallowing him up.
Yet by his obedience to you
and by the power of your Spirit
the Good News has been proclaimed.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 130; 148; 32; 139
Josh. 9:22-10:15
Rom. 15:14-24
Matt. 27:1-10
Selected Verses
Ps. 32:6
Therefore let all who are faithful
          offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
          shall not reach them. 

Josh. 10:13a
And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. 

Rom. 15:18-19
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news of Christ. 

Matt. 27:1-2
When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death.  They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

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