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.

Jesus, I Need No Other Sign--Oct. 24, 2016

[From Oct. 29, 2012 archive]

Lord Jesus, I need no other sign from heaven.
I trust you, pour out my heart before you.
When out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
you heard me, you answered me.

In distress, you are my refuge.
When the beast comes up from the
bottomless pit to conquer and kill me,
yet will I trust you, for you are my refuge.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 62; 145; 73; 9
Jonah 1:17-2:10
Rev. 11:1-14
Luke 11:14-26

Selected Verses
Ps. 62:8
Trust in [God] at all times, O people;
          pour out your heart before him;
          God is a refuge for us.         Selah

Jonah 2:1-2
Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,
"I called to the Lord out of my distress,
            and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
            and you heard my voice.  …"

Rev. 11:7
When [the two witnesses] have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them…

Luke 11:16
Others, to test [Jesus], kept demanding from him a sign from heaven.

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