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.

Put Away from Us, the Evil Thoughts in Our Hearts--May 12, 2016


Put away from us, O God, and trample under foot,
our lust for tribute and our delight in war,
our longing for might and power—
the evil thoughts in our hearts;
replace them by your Spirit.
Then all bitterness and wrath,
anger and wrangling and slander,
together with all malice, will disappear.
We will be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Zech. 4:1-14
Eph. 4:17-32
Matt. 9:1-8
       
Selected Verses
Ps. 68:30b
Trample under foot those who lust after tribute;
          scatter the peoples who delight in war. 

Zech. 4:6
[The angel] said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts.  …”

Eph. 4:31-32
Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Matt. 9:4
But Jesus, perceiving [the scribes’] thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts?  …” 

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