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.

The Power of Christ's Indestructible Life--May 31, 2017


O God Most High,
what a blessing you have given us in Jesus!
Replace my heart of stone with a heart of flesh,
that with my whole heart, I may sing praise to him
and give thanks for the power of his indestructible life.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 99; 147:1-11; 9; 118
Ezek. 11:14-25
Heb. 7:14-25
Luke 10:17-24
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 9:1-2
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
          I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
          I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Ezek. 11:19
I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh…

Heb. 7:16
…one who has become a priest, not through a legal requirement concerning physical descent, but through the power of an indestructible life. 

Luke 10:23-24
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!  For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

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