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.

My Soul Waits for You Alone--Aug. 1, 2016

[From Aug. 4, 2014 archive]

Holy God,
in silence my soul
waits for you, for you alone.

It does not wait to test you,
nor for wonders and signs,
but only for your light
to shine in my

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 62; 145; 73; 9
Judg. 6:25-40
Acts 2:37-47
John 1:1-18
Selected Verses
Ps. 62:1
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
          from him comes my salvation. 

Judg. 6:36-37
Then Gideon said to God, "In order to see whether you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said, I am going to lay a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand, as you have said." 

Acts 2:43
Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

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