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.

The Snare of False Accusation--Aug. 29, 2012

What you have made clean, dear God, we must not call profane.
Whom you have made good, we must not accuse of deceptions.

To us it seems a hard service to separate clean from profane,
or to discern who is a good person and who a deceiver,
but you will deliver us from the snare of the fowler.

Deliver us from the snares of false accusations
and from the deadly pestilence of gossip.

Lectionary Readings

Ps. 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91
Job 6:1; 7:1-21
Acts 10:1-16
John 7:1-13

Selected Verses
Ps. 91:3
For [God] will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
      and from the deadly pestilence…

Job 7:1

"Do not human beings have a hard service on earth, and are not their days like the days of a laborer? …" [Job's reply to his accusers]

Acts 10:15

The voice said to [Peter] again, a second time, "What God has made clean, you must not call profane."

John 7:12
And there was considerable complaining about [Jesus] among the crowds. While some were saying, "He is a good man," others were saying, "No, he is deceiving the crowd."

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