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.

Who am I, Lord Jesus?--July 7, 2017


Then who am I, Lord Jesus?
The one who is persecuting you?
Or the one called to carry your cross?
Make me be one whose mind is with yours,
so your heart’s desire may be my heart’s desire.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 88; 148; 6; 20
1 Sam. 13:19-14:15
Acts 9:1-9
Luke 23:26-31

Selected Verses
Ps. 20:4
 May [the LORD] grant your heart’s desire 
          and fulfill all your plans. 

1 Sam. 14:7
[Jonathan’s] armor-bearer said to him, “Do all that your mind inclines to.  I am with you; as your mind is, so is mine.” 

Acts 9:5
[Saul] asked, “Who are you, Lord?”  The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  …”

Luke 23:26
As they led [Jesus] away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. 

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