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.

To Such as These Little Children--June 20, 2016

We praise you, God, for you are good;
we sing to your name, for you are gracious.
Some claim that everyone is holy,
others that all have sinned and fallen short
of your glory.  We need not boast,
for Jesus said little children were those
to whom your kingdom belongs.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 135; 145; 97; 112
Num. 16:1-19
Rom. 3:21-31
Matt. 19:13-22
Selected Verses
Ps. 135:3
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
          sing to his name, for he is gracious. 

Num. 16:3
[Korah and his collaborators] assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone too far!  All the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and the LORD is among them.  So why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"

Rom. 3:22b-23
For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…

Matt. 19:15
…but Jesus said [to his disciples], "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." 

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