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.

Up from the Dead--July 11, 2017


Lord Jesus, as God called you up from the dead,
give us your hand, help us up from our dead ways.
We turn over to you the things we grieve about;
free us from them—open our eyes, make us alive.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 12; 146; 36; 7
1 Sam. 15:24-35
Acts 9:32-43
Luke 23:56b-24:12

Selected Verses
Ps. 146:7c-8a
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
          the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. 

1 Sam. 15:35
Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul.  And the LORD was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

Acts 9:40-41
Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed.  He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.”  Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up.  Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. 

Luke 24:4
While [the women] were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them.  The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.  …”

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