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.

Wherever We Are, Your Spirit--May 29, 2016

[From June 1, 2008 archive]

We praise you wherever we are,
in your sanctuary, in your world.
Life flows, and continues to flow,
but our need for you never alters.

You call us to get up,
to walk the wilderness road;
and wherever we go
you gift us with your Spirit.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 67; 150; 46; 93
Eccl. 1:1-11
Acts 8:26-40
Luke 11:1-13
Selected Verses
Ps. 150:1
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
            praise him in his mighty firmament!

Eccl. 1:17
All streams run to the sea,
            but the sea is not full;
to the place where the streams flow,
            there they continue to flow.

Acts 8:26
Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”  (This is a wilderness road.)

Luke 11:13
“…If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!  [Jesus to his disciples]

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