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.

O God, Your Way is Better--April 5, 2017

Disaster spreads from nation to nation,
disaster to engulf earth's farthest parts.
The planet is ready to kill and destroy.
You hold out your hands to the peoples
but we are a disobedient and contrary lot.

You take pleasure in those who hold you in awe;
we take comfort in rockets, their speed, their power.
Remind us, God, our real hope is in your steadfast love.
You gave us Jesus, who came so we might have life,
might have life, and have it abundantly.
Your way is better.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 147:1-11; 27; 51
Jer. 25:30-48
Rom. 10:14-21
John 10:1-18
Selected Verses
Ps. 147:10-11
 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
          nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
          in those who hope in his steadfast love.

Jer. 25:32
Thus says the LORD of hosts:
     See, disaster is spreading from nation to nation,
          and a great tempest is stirring
          from the farthest parts of the earth! 

Rom. 10:21
But of Israel [the LORD] says, "All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."

John 10:1-18
"…The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.  …"  [Jesus to his critics]

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