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.

A Great Rock within a Weary Land--May 14, 2014


Lord Jesus, the gate is narrow and the road is hard
on the way that you invite us to follow you,
but you will be for us like a hiding place from the
wind, a covert from the tempest, the shade
of a great rock within a weary land.

We ask you and God our Father, who loved us
and through grace gives us eternal hope,
 to comfort our hearts as we go, strengthening
 us in every good work and word.

For great is your steadfast love toward us,
and your faithfulness endures forever.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Isa. 32:1-8
2 Thess. 2:13-17
Matt. 7:7-14

Selected Verses
Ps. 117:2
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
          and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!

Isa. 32:2
Each [prince] will be like a hiding place from the wind,
          a covert from the tempest,
like streams of water in a dry place,
          like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. 

2 Thess. 2:16-17
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

Matt. 7:14
"… For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.  …"  [Jesus to the crowd on the mountain]

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