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.

That We May Abound in Hope--July 21, 2016

How precious is your steadfast love, O God of hope!
Even when we have denied you,
and come to you with bitter weeping,
you give us refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Fill us with all joy and peace,
that by the power of your Holy Spirit
we may abound in hope
and make peace with one another.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 36; 147; 80; 27
Josh. 9:3-21
Rom. 15:1-13
Matt. 26:69-75
Selected Verses
Ps. 36:7
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
          All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. 

Josh. 9:15
And Joshua made peace with them, guaranteeing their lives by a treaty; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.

Rom. 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Matt. 26:75
Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.

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