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.

Be with Our Mouths, O God--March 13, 2016

Let everything that breathes praise your name,
O God; transform us and renew our minds,
that we may discern your will--what is
good and acceptable and perfect.

Pray let us hear your words, dear Lord;
then be with our mouths and teach
us what we are to speak.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 150; 42; 32
Exod. 3:16-4:12
Rom. 12:1-21
John 8:46-59

Selected Verses
Ps. 150:6
Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!
     Praise the LORD!
Exod. 4:12
"…Now go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you are to speak."  [The LORD to Moses]

Rom. 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God--what is good and acceptable and perfect.

John 8:47a
"…Whoever is from God hears the words of God. …"  [Jesus to his detractors]

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