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.

To Love as if We Had Been Refugees--Apr. 28, 2016


In your goodness, O God, provide for the needy,
including those who endure persecutions and afflictions.
Though Jesus admonished us not to worry about
what we ourselves will find to eat or to drink or to wear,
clearly he did not intend us to neglect others who
are hungry, thirsty, or naked—of whom there are many
in our world today.  In particular show us how
to love refugees as ourselves—for once were not we
refugees? 

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Lev. 19:25-37
2 Thess. 1:1-12
Matt. 6:25-34

Selected Verses
Ps. 68:10
…your flock found a dwelling in [your heritage];
          in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

Lev. 19:34
The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 

2 Thess. 1:4
Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

Matt. 6:31
“…Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ …”  [Jesus to the crowds on the mountain]

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