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.

That Where He Is, We May Be Also--April 17, 2017

O God, maker of heaven and earth,
hear our cry; our help is in you.
When we go down to the land
whose bars close upon us
forever, free us from
being held in the
power of death.

Up from the pit, deliver
us to Jesus, that where
he is, we may be also.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 145; 124; 115
Jonah 2:1-10
Acts 2:14, 22-32
John 14:1-14
Selected Verses
Ps. 124:8
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
          who made heaven and earth.

Jonah 2:6b
 "…I went down to the land
          whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
          O LORD my God.  …" 
[Jonah, from the belly of the fish] 

Acts 2:14, 24
"…But God raised [Jesus] up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.  …"

John 14:3
"…And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples] 

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