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 Faith Like Abraham's--June 21, 2016

Teach us your way, O God,
that we may walk in your truth;
give us an undivided heart
to revere your name;
grant us faith like Abraham's,
that we may overcome sin;
for whether we are first or last,
we struggle with it.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 123; 146; 30; 86
Num. 16:20-35
Rom. 4:1-12
Matt. 19:23-30
Selected Verses
Ps. 86:11
Teach me your way, O LORD,
          that I may walk in your truth;
          give me an undivided heart to revere your name. 

Num. 16:22
[Moses and Aaron] fell on their faces, and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one person sin and you become angry with the whole congregation?"

Rom. 4:11b-12
The purpose was to make [Abraham] the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Matt. 19:30
"…But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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