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.

A Heart to Know that You Are God--April 3, 2017


You have made us according to your will;
give us a heart to know that you are God,
as with our whole heart we return to you.

While it is day, we will work your works
(night is coming, when no one can work),
and may your steadfast love be our comfort.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 119:73-80; 145; 121; 6
Jer. 24:1-10
Rom. 9:19-33
John 9:1-17

Selected Verses
Ps. 119:76
 Let your steadfast love become my comfort
          according to your promise to your servant. 

Jer. 24:7
I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.  [The LORD to Jeremiah]

Rom. 9:20a
But who indeed are you, a human being, to argue with God?  Will what is molded say to the one who molds it, “Why have you made me like this?”

John 9:4
"…We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples] 

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