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.

Good Shepherd, Rescue Me--June 21, 2018


[From June 16, 2016 archive]

Lord Jesus, you are the good shepherd
who would rescue every lost sheep;
rescue me from this wickedness--
from speaking ill of good people,
and from failing to apply to myself
what I advocate for others to follow.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 147:12-20; 16; 62
Num. 12:1-16
Rom. 2:12-24
Matt. 18:10-20

Selected Verses
Ps. 97:10
The LORD loves those who hate evil;
          he guards the lives of his faithful;
          he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 

Num. 12:1
While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had indeed married a Cushite woman)…

Rom. 2:21a
…you, then, that teach others, will you not teach yourself? 

Matt. 18:12
"…What do you think?  If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

Like Chaff that the Wind Drives Away--June 20, 2018


[From June 15, 2016 archive]

Lord Jesus, only you know how often it is
that I am more like chaff the wind blows away
than I am like trees planted by streams of water.

How I am jealous for my own sake or for others,
how I judge others, or want to be greatest,
all the while like a stranger to you.
Lord, put your Spirit in me.


Lectionary Readings
Ps. 89:1-18; 147:1-11; 1; 33
Numb. 11:24-35
Rom. 1:28-2:11
Matt. 18:1-9

Selected Verses
Ps.89:4
The wicked are not [like trees planted by streams of water],
          but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 

Num. 11:29
But Moses said to him, "Are you jealous for my sake?  Would that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!" 

Rom. 2:1
Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

Matt. 18:1
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

Is God's Power Limited?--June 19, 2018



Creator of all that is,
God of eternal power and of divine nature,
invisible, but manifest through your works,
happy are those who find their help in you,
and whose hope you are.

We have seen that your power is not limited,
except as you limited it out of love
by giving us Jesus, who was
betrayed, killed,
and raised.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 42; 146; 102; 133
Numb. 11:1-23
Romans 1:16-25
Matt. 17:22-27

Selected Verses
Ps. 146:5
Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
          whose hope is in the LORD their God…

Numb. 11:23
The LORD said to Moses, "Is the Lord's power limited?  Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not."

Romans 1:20a
Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.

Matt. 17:22-23
As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to [his disciples], "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised."  And they were greatly distressed.