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 Darkness Caused by Hate--Apr. 10, 2016

Let everything that breathes praise your name, O God;
with every breath we take, let us praise your name.

Some learn of what you have done, and are grateful;
others hear, but though of good will, do not believe.

And some there are who walk in darkness,
whose hate has brought on blindness;
they do not know the way to go.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 93; 150; 136; 117
Exod. 18:1-12
1 John 2:7-17
Mark 16:9-20

Selected Verses
Ps. 150:6
 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD!
     Praise the LORD!

Exod. 18:8
Then Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel's sake, all the hardship that had beset them on the way, and how the LORD had delivered them. 

1 John 2:11
But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness. 

Mark 16:10-11
[Mary Magdalene] went out and told those who had been with [Jesus], while they were mourning and weeping.  But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

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