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.

God Gave Jesus the Tongue of a Teacher--Jan. 27, 2017

Lord Jesus, surely God gave you the tongue of a teacher,
for you knew how to sustain the weary with a word
and how to comfort the languishing.

You spoke to ones whose bones were shaking with terror--
graciously you healed them. Through faith in you,
O Christ, and in your promises, may we take  
heart in your comfort and healing,
and share this with others.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 88; 148; 6; 20
Isa. 50:1-11
Gal. 3:15-22
Mark 6:47-56

Selected Verses
Ps. 6:2
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
          O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. 

Isa. 50:4a
The Lord GOD has given me
          the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
          the weary with a word. 

Gal. 3:22
But the scripture has imprisoned all things under the power of sin, so that what was promised through faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Mark 6:49
But when [his disciples] saw [Jesus] walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified.  But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” 

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