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.

To God Who Speaks without Words--July 17, 2016

[From July 20, 2014 archive]

Our ears do not hear you speak, or your voice,
yet what you say goes out through all the earth.

Our eyes do not see your action, or your motion,
yet the fame of what you do is in all the land.

Those who see, and those who hear are amazed,
and encouraged to speak, and to glorify you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 19; 150; 81; 113
Josh.  6:15-27
Acts 22:30-23:11
Mark 2:1-12
Selected Verses
Ps. 19:3-4
There is no speech, nor are there words;
          their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
          and their words to the end of the world.

Josh. 6:27
So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was in all the land.

Acts 23:11
That night the Lord stood near [Paul] and said, "Keep up your courage!  For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome."

Mark 2:12
And [the paralytic] stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

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