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.

Whom Do We Find in the Broken Hearted?--Dec. 27, 2016

You who delight in wisdom, surely
you rejoice when we are wise,
but you are near the broken hearted, too,  
and you save the crushed in spirit.

And this is wisdom--when we love and obey you,
then we also show love for the broken hearted,
and for the one who is crushed in spirit.

For is it not in the broken hearted
you send to us that we find Jesus?
And when we find him, we find you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 34; 146; 19; 121
Prov. 8:22-30
1 John 5:1-12
John 13:20-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 34:18
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted,
          and saves the crushed in spirit.

Prov. 8:29b-30
…when [the LORD] marked out the foundations of the earth,
          then I was beside him, like a master worker;
and I was daily his delight,
          rejoicing before him always.

1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

John 13:20
Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.”

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