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 Prayer for Strength and Peace--July 11, 2016

God in heaven above and on earth below,
there is a remnant, chosen by grace,
who prepare for your coming. 
Give strength to your people;
bless them as they work for peace.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Josh. 2:1-14
Rom. 11:1-12
Matt. 25:1-13
Selected Verses
Ps. 29:11
May the LORD give strength to his people!
          May the LORD bless his people with peace!

Josh. 2:11b
"…The LORD your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below.  …"  [Rahab to the Israelite spies she was hiding]

Rom. 11:5
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 

Matt. 25:3-4
"…When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.  …"  [Jesus telling the parable of ten bridesmaids to his disciples]

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