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.

Before You, We Present Ourselves--July 24, 2016

We present ourselves before you,
for you are exalted
among the nations, exalted in the earth.

We present ourselves before you,
and we are still,
and we know that you are God.

We present ourselves before you,
and we believe,
even though some refuse to believe.

We present ourselves before you,
and before Jesus,
for he is with you, and Lord of all.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 67; 150; 46; 93
Josh. 24:1-15
Acts 28:23-31
Mark 2:23-28
Selected Verses
Ps. 46:10
“Be still, and know that I am God!
          I am exalted among the nations,
          I am exalted in the earth.” 

Josh. 24:1
Then Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel; and they presented themselves before God. 

Acts 28:24
Some were convinced by what [Paul] had said, while others refused to believe. 

Mark 2:28
"…so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath."

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