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.

Come Riding into My Life--Nov. 20, 2016

[From Nov. 23, 2014 archive]

Awaken my soul, Lord Jesus,
and give me a steadfast heart
and come riding into my life.

When they ask who you are,
take away my fear, Jesus,
and in my heart let me
sanctify you as Lord.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 108; 150; 66; 23
Zech. 9:9-16
1 Peter 3:13-22
Matt. 21:1-13

Selected Verses
Ps. 108:1
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
          I will sing and make melody.
          Awake, my soul! 

Zech. 9:9b
Lo, your king comes to you;
     triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
     on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 

1 Peter 3:14b-16a
Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord.  Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.

Matt. 21:10
When [Jesus] entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, "Who is this?"

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