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.

Your Face and Your Name, O God--Jan. 7, 2017


Our hearts tell us to seek your face, O God,
and our minds call out for your name.
You promised we would know your name,
and you gave us Jesus, in whose name  
we patiently endure, for whose sake
we bear up and do not grow weary.
Whatever he tells us to do, help us do it.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 46; 149; 27; 93
Isa. 52:3-6
Rev. 2:1-7
John 2:1-11

Selected Verses
Ps. 27:8
 “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”
          Your face, LORD, do I seek. 

Isa. 52:6
Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.

Rev. 2:3
"…I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary.  …"  [To the angel of the church in Ephesus]

John 2:1-11
[Jesus'] mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

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