I am taking a break from the daily Revised Common Lectionary and reading the One Year Bible, which is merely another lectionary (list of scripture readings). I have used the OYB before with its daily readings from Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs, all of which you go through consecutively in the course of the year. There is an appealing simplicity to this plain lectio continua approach to reading scripture. You may find the One Year Bible in print and online.
Today I used an approach to the readings borrowed from Elmer Ewing, taking a word or line from each reading and rearranging them into a prayer/poem. I imagined being one of the two blind men Jesus healed.
I was desolate, Jesus, broken without remedy,
but you had mercy on me.
Your strong hand touched my eyes to make them
see again. I followed you out
of that place of affliction, and suddenly I was in
a place of deep, lasting joy.
And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place.”
[Jesus heals two blind men.] So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
For I am desolate and afflicted.
Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.