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.

As I Pour out My Soul, Three Things--July 12, 2016

Generous God, as I pour out my soul,
three things I need to remember:
How much you have given into my hands;
the inadequacy of my response;
and your warning not to boast of any success,
for you have supported me, not I you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 42; 146; 102; 133
Josh. 2:15-24
Rom. 11:13-24
Matt. 25:14-30
Selected Verses
Ps. 42:4a
These things I remember,
          as I pour out my soul…

Josh. 2:24
[The returning spies] said to Joshua, "Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands; moreover all the inhabitants of the land melt in fear before us."

Rom. 11:18b
If you do boast, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.

Matt. 25:14-15
"For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples]

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