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.

How Do We Find Joy, Jesus?--May 22, 2017

[From May 11, 2015 archive]

Lord Jesus, how do we find joy?

By eating our fill and blessing you
for the good land that you have given us.

Or by having an upright heart that
lets light dawn and joy come flooding in.

Or by facing trials that test our faith,
knowing that testing produces endurance.

Or remembering that those who
lose their life for your sake will save it.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 145; 124; 115
Deut. 8:1-10
James 1:1-15
Luke 9:18-27

Selected Verses
Ps. 97:11
Light dawns for the righteous,
          and joy for the upright in heart. 

Deut. 8:10
You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you.

James 1:2-4
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

Luke 9:24
"…For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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