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 Plans Fail--Sept. 22, 2016

We make our plans, little or big or grandiose,
and we act on them, expecting their fulfillment;
then oftentimes we learn that life has its surprises.
Like a kick in the stomach, the unexpected happens.

Even Jesus must have grieved the way he was rejected.
But let us in the morning hear your steadfast love
and put our trust in you.  We lift up our soul
to you.  Teach us the way we should go.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 143; 147:12-20; 81; 116
Esth. 7:1-10
Acts 19:11-20
Luke 4:14-30
Selected Verses
Ps. 143:8
 Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning,
          for in you I put my trust.
Teach me the way I should go,
          for to you I lift up my soul.

Esth. 7:10
So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. 

Acts 19:13, 15
Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims." …But the evil spirit said to them in reply, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" 

Luke 4:24
And [Jesus] said, "Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet's hometown.  …"

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