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.

For All Your Goodness to Me--Apr. 12, 2016

What shall I return to you, O God,
for all your goodness to me?
Shall I promise to do everything
you have asked me to do?
Shall I depend upon the goodness
of my ancestry to pay you?
Or shall I lead a life worthy of you,
fully pleasing to you, as I
bear fruit in every good work, and
grow in knowledge of you?
None of these would suffice, not
even the sum of all together.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 98; 146; 66; 116
Exod. 19:1-16
Col. 1:1-14
Matt. 3:7-12

Selected Verses
Ps. 116:12
What shall I return to the LORD
          for all his bounty to me? 

Exod. 19:6a
The people all answered [Moses] as one: "Everything that the LORD has spoken we will do." 

Col. 1:10
…so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 

Matt. 3:8-9
“…Bear fruit worthy of repentance.  Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 

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