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.

In a Time of Deep Distress--Jan. 20, 2017


You are not a God of darkness and chaos, dear Lord;
in our time of darkness, of mighty rushing waters,
do you not care that we may be about to perish?
And you answer, "Peace, be still. With me
there is no partiality.  All of you
have the same Master in heaven. 
Even in your distress, the mighty
waters shall not overcome you."

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 130; 148; 32; 139
Isa. 45:18-25
Eph. 6:1-9
Mark 4:35-41

Selected Verses
Ps. 32:6
Therefore let all who are faithful
          offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
          shall not reach them. 

Isa. 45:19
 I did not speak in secret,
          in a land of darkness;
I did not say to the offspring of Jacob,
          "Seek me in chaos."
I the LORD speak the truth,
          I declare what is right.

Eph. 6:9
And, masters, do the same to [your slaves].  Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

Mark 4:38-39
But [Jesus] was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!”  Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 

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