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.

From the River of Your Delights--June 23, 2016

[From June 26, 2014 archive]

O God, when we are angry
with our sisters and brothers,

quiet our complaints, and through
our Lord Jesus Christ grant us your peace.

Together may we feast on the abundance of your house,
and may you give us drink from the river of your delights.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 36; 147:12-20; 80; 27
Num. 17:1-11
Rom. 5:1-11
Matt. 20:17-28
Selected Verses
Ps. 36:8
[All people may] feast on the abundance of your house,
          and you give them drink from the river of your delights. 

Num. 17:5
And the staff of the man whom I choose shall sprout; thus I will put a stop to the complaints of the Israelites that they continually make against you.

Rom. 5:1
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Matt. 20:24
When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 

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