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.

Water, Gushing Up to Eternal Life--March 11, 2017


Jesus, you suffered,
and you learned obedience.
You have seen my adversities,
which compared to yours are nothing,
but from them, help me learn obedience--
diligently to love you, to walk in your ways,
and to hold fast to you, exulting and rejoicing
in your steadfast love, as I drink of the water
that you will give me, a spring of water
gushing up to eternal life.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 43; 149; 31; 143
Deut. 11:18-28
Heb. 5:1-10
John 4:1-26

Selected Verses
Ps. 31:7
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
          because you have seen my affliction;
          you have taken heed of my adversities…

Deut. 11:22
If you will diligently observe this entire commandment that I am commanding you, loving the LORD your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him…  [Moses to the Israelites]

Heb. 5:8
Although [Jesus] was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered…

John 4:14
"…but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life."  [Jesus to a Samaritan woman]

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