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.

From You and Through You and To You--April 8, 2017


Lord, be our God--we shall be your people.
We trust in you; our times are in your hand.
Write your commandments upon our hearts;
when you call us, quickly may we respond.
For from you and through you and to you 
 are all things; to you be the glory forever.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 43; 149; 31; 143
Jer. 31:27-34
Rom. 11:25-36
John 11:28-44

Selected Verses
Ps. 31:14-15a
But I trust in you, O LORD;
          I say, "You are my God."
My times are in your hand…

Jer. 31:33
But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Rom. 11:36
For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be the glory forever. Amen.

John 11:28-29
When [Martha] had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you."  And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 

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