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.

Mutual Encouragement in Faith--March 13, 2017


O God, you watch over your word to perform it,
but you call us to perform our role, too.
As we have benefited from the labors of others,
we must enter into labor for those to come.
And in our faith we must strengthen one another,
providing mutual encouragement, as together
we celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness
and sing aloud of your righteousness.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 119:73-80; 145; 121; 6
Jer. 1:11-19
Rom. 1:1-15
John 4:27-42

Selected Verses
Ps. 145:7
They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
          and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

Jer. 1:12
Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it." 

Rom. 1:11-12
For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you--or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. 

John 4:38
"…I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor.  Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."  [Jesus to his disciples]

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