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.

In a Howling Wilderness Waste--May 19, 2017

[From May 8, 2015 archive]

Though we walk in the midst of trouble,
stretch out your hand to deliver us,
Jesus; though the crowds surround
and press in on us--touch us, guard us.

In a desert land, in a howling wilderness
waste, shield us, heal us, care for us;
into your kingdom of righteousness
lead us--to peace and joy in your Spirit.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 148; 49; 138
Deut. 31:30-32:14
Rom. 14:13-23
Luke 8:40-56
Selected Verses
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
          you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
     you stretch out your hand,
          and your right hand delivers me. 

Deut. 32:10
[The LORD] sustained him in a desert land,
          in a howling wilderness waste;
he shielded [Jacob], cared for him,
          guarded him as the apple of his eye. 

Rom. 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 

Luke 8:45
Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?”  When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.”

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