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.

Why Wait for Another to Come?--May 13, 2017

Jesus Christ, you are our Lord and Savior;
we have no reason to wait for another.
May your word dwell in us richly,
as we sing our thanks to God:
in the morning, declaring
God's steadfast love,
and by night,
God's faithfulness.

Satisfy us when we are weary,
and replenish us when we are faint.
Whatever we do, may it be in your name,  
giving thanks to God the Father through you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 92; 149; 23; 114
Jer. 31:23-25
Col. 3:12-17
Luke 7:18-35  

Selected Verses
Ps. 92:1-2
 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
          to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
          and your faithfulness by night… 

Jer. 31:25
I will satisfy the weary,
          and all who are faint I will replenish.

Col. 3:16-17
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Luke 7:19
The disciples of John reported all these things to [Jesus].  So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?"

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