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.

With Us Wherever We Go--July 10, 2016

Holy God, you remember how we are made,
yet you call us to be strong and courageous,
neither frightened nor dismayed, because
you will be with us wherever we go.

Paul knew that Jesus taught with authority,
and for his name, Paul was ready to die.
We are not so strong and courageous,
but we ask you to be with us,
wherever we may go.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Josh. 1:1-18
Acts 21:3-15
Mark 1:21-27
Selected Verses
Ps. 103:14
For [the LORD] knows how we were made;
          he remembers that we are dust.

Josh. 1:9
"…I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."  [The LORD to Joshua]

Acts 21:13
Then Paul answered, "What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart?  For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." 

Mark 1:21-22
[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 

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