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 of Grace, Rich in Mercy--Jan. 11, 2017

God of amazing grace, rich in mercy,
we stand in awe of you but do not fear you,
for you are with us to help us and strengthen us.
Out of the great love with which you love us, God,
make us alive, together with Christ. We search
for him everywhere, and before we can  
find him--by your grace--
Christ finds us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 89:1-18; 147:1-11; 1; 33
Isa. 41:1-16
Eph. 2:1-10
Mark 1:29-45

Selected Verses
Ps. 33:8
Let all the earth fear the LORD;
          let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 

Isa. 41:10
…do not fear, for I am with you,
          do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
          I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Eph. 2:4-5
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved…

Mark 1:36-37
And Simon and his companions hunted for [Jesus].  When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”

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