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.

When We Feel Forsaken--April 14, 2017

[From March 25, 2005 archive]

Abraham intended to inflict mortal harm
upon his son, but did not forsake him.

Surely you loved your Son
more than Abraham loved his,
yet when he most needed you,
your Son felt forsaken.
The disciples also felt forsaken;
they were not prepared
for what was happening to you,
could not comprehend
where you were going.

At times we feel forsaken as well—
times when you seem far removed
from the words of our groaning.

Therefore, we pray you,
prepare our minds for action;
discipline us; set all our hope
on the grace that Jesus Christ
will bring us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 22; 148; 105; 130
Gen. 22:1-14
1 Peter 1:10-20
John 13:36-38
Selected Verses
Ps. 22:1
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
            Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

Gen. 22:7a
Isaac said to his father Abraham, “Father!”  And he said, “Here I am, my son.”

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.

John 13:36a
Simon Peter said to [Jesus], “Lord, where are you going?”

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