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.

What Can Separate Us from Such Love?--March 31, 2017


Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd.
When we cry to you, you hear our voice.
You do not hide your face from us;
you do not despise, do not abhor
the affliction of the afflicted--
Lord, you know the pain.
Help us abide in you
as you abide in us.
What can separate us
from love such as yours?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 22; 148; 105; 130
Jer. 23:1-8
Rom. 8:28-39
John 6:52-59

Selected Verses
Ps. 22:24
For [the LORD] did not despise or abhor
          the affliction of the afflicted; 
he did not hide his face from me,
          but heard when I cried to him.

Jer. 23:4
I will raise up shepherds over [my people] who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

Rom. 8:35
I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

John 6:56
"…Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.  …"  [Jesus to his skeptics] 

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