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.

A Lament for Creation--May 21, 2016


O God, how manifold the works of your creation!
The heavens, the earth full of your creatures,
the seas great and wide, living things
both small and great--in wisdom
you have made them all.

What have we done,
what are we doing still,
to the beauty of your creation?
What evil perpetrating to destroy it?

With heat-trapping gases we litter the air
and disrupt the climate, and temperatures soar,
and oceans expand, and seas no longer know limits.
Some suffer flood while some suffer drought,
records are set for both cold and heat,
and destroying storms prevail.

God, grant us wisdom to stop the path
we are treading toward destruction and chaos;
grant courage to proclaim and seek climate justice--
for the rich pollute most, while the poor are most affected.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 104; 149; 138; 98
Prov. 8:22-36
3 John 1-15
Matt. 12:15-21
       
Selected Verses
Ps. 104:24-25
O LORD, how manifold are your works!
          In wisdom you have made them all;
          the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide,
          creeping things innumerable are there,
          living things both small and great. 

Prov. 8:27-29a
"…When [the LORD] established the heavens, I was there,
            when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,
when he made firm the skies above,
            when he established the fountains of the deep,
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
            so that the waters might not transgress his command…"
[The voice of wisdom calling to the people]

3 John 11
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good.  Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 

Matt. 12:18b
"…I will put my Spirit upon him,
            and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.  …"  [The Gospel writer quoting Isaiah.  The LORD is speaking.]

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