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.

The Plans You Have for Us, O God--April 7, 2017

Surely you know the plans you have for us, O God,
plans for our welfare, not for our harm;
plans to give us a future of hope.
And we do hope in you,
for with you there is
steadfast love and
great power to redeem.
You have sent us your Son,
who came into the world to redeem it.
We trust in him; we stand before him in awe.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 22; 148; 105; 130
Jer. 29:1-14
Rom. 11:13-24
John 11:1-27
Selected Verses
Ps. 130:7
 O Israel, hope in the LORD!
          For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
          and with him is great power to redeem. 

Jer. 29:11
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 

Rom. 11:20
That is true.  [Branches] were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand only through faith.  So do not become proud, but stand in awe.

John 11:27

[Martha] said to [Jesus], "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.

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