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.

The Joy of Salvation--Sept. 9, 2016

God of signs and wonders,
sustain in us a willing spirit.
If we have made gold our trust
or called fine gold our confidence,
restore to us the joy of your salvation.
Jesus has called us to come out of death
and darkness.  We look to him.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 51; 148; 142; 65
Job 29:1, 31:24-40
Acts 15:12-21
John 11:30-44
Selected Verses
Ps. 51:12
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
          and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Job 31:24
"If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence…"  [Job to his companions, and to God]

Acts 15:12-21
The whole assembly kept silence, and listened to Barnabas and Paul as they told of all the signs and wonders that God had done through them among the Gentiles.

John 11:43
When [Jesus] had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

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