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.

To Tend Your Sheep--April 30, 2017

O God Most High, we give you thanks.
We thank you for your signs and wonders,
especially for your steadfast love,
love which endures forever.

In your love, you gave us Jesus
to teach us by his life and death,
and by his resurrection, the height  
and depth and meaning of your love.

God, help us maintain a constant love
for one another, for in so doing
we show our love for Jesus
and for you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117 
Dan. 4:1-18
1 Peter 4:7-11
John 21:15-25

Selected Verses
Ps. 136:3-4
O give thanks to the Lord of lords,
          for his steadfast love endures forever;
who alone does great wonders,
          for his steadfast love endures forever…
Dan. 4:2
The signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me I am pleased to recount. 
[King Nebuchadnezzar]

1 Peter 4:8
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 
John 21:16
A second time [Jesus] said to [Peter], “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 

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