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.

No Sounds of Mirth or Gladness--April 4, 2017


Dear God, in many nations there is no sound
of mirth or of gladness, or the sound
of the bridegroom or bride--
only the sound of war.

I do not know why children are bombed,
maimed, starved, orphaned, killed,
 but one thing I do know: you
are a God of mercy,
of steadfast love,
generous to all
who call on you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 34; 146; 25; 91
Jer. 25:8-17
Rom. 10:1-13
John 9:18-41

Selected Verses
Ps. 25:6
Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love,
          for they have been from of old. 

Jer. 25:10
And I will banish from [Judah and all the nations around] the sound of mirth and the sound of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. 

Rom. 10:12-13
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.  For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

John 9:25
[The man who had been born blind] answered [Jesus' critics], "I do not know whether [Jesus] is a sinner.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." 

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