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 One We Love Is Ill--Sept. 7, 2016


When our heart is glad in you,
God, we praise you with the lyre
and with the harp of ten strings,
but when the one we love is ill,
our lyre is turned to mourning,
and our pipe to the voice
of those who weep.

Even then, if we trust
in your holy name, Lord,
teach us to entrust the ones
we love into your loving care.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 89:1-18; 147:1-11; 1; 33
Job 29:1, 30:1-2, 16-31
Acts 14:19-28
John 11:1-16
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 33:2, 21
Praise the LORD with the lyre;
          make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. …
Our heart is glad in him,
          because we trust in his holy name. 

Job 30:31
My lyre is turned to mourning, and my pipe to the voice of those who weep.
Acts 14:23
And after [Paul and Barnabas] had appointed elders for [the disciples in Antioch] in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

John 11:1-16
So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." 

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