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.

As My Heart Prompts Me--April 21, 2018

God, you lead me in right paths;
for your name's sake you lead me,
but you do not force me to follow.
You invite me to make an offering,
but only if my heart so prompts me.
My heart is what matters to you--
fill it with thanks for your love;
fill it with the peace of Christ.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 92; 149; 23; 114
Exod. 25:1-22
Col. 3:1-17
Matt. 4:18-25

Selected Verses
Ps. 23:3b
[The LORD] leads me in right paths
          for his name’s sake. 

Exod. 25:1-2
The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering; from all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me.

Col. 3:15
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

Matt. 4:19
And [Jesus] said to [Simon Peter and Andrew], "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." 

Ways in which We See God--April 20, 2018

[Revised from April 30, 2004 archive]

Lord, sometimes we see you as a devouring fire on the top of a mountain.  Sometimes we see only a shadow of what is to come.  Sometimes we sense that the kingdom of heaven has come near.  However we perceive your presence, the substance belongs to Christ.  Do not forsake the work of your hands, for we repent of all that separates us from you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 148; 49; 138
Exod. 24:1-18
Col. 2:8-23
Matt. 4:12-17

Selected Verses
Ps. 138:8b
            Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Exod. 24:17
Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

Col. 2:17
These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

Matt. 4:17
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Out of Thick Darkness, Power and Strength--April 19, 2018

Awesome God,
Though you are in thick darkness,
you give power and strength to your people.
Encourage our hearts and unite us in love,
remind us that we do not live by bread alone,
and give us knowledge of your mystery--
Christ himself.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Exod. 20:1-21
Col. 1:24-2:7
Matt. 4:1-11

Selected Verses
Ps. 68:35
Awesome is God in his sanctuary,
          the God of Israel;
          he gives power and strength to his people.
 Blessed be God!

Exod. 20:21
Then the people stood at a distance, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was.

Col. 2:2
I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself…

Matt. 4:4
But [Jesus] answered [the devil], "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"