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.

Bread of Heaven--Aug. 22, 2016

Jesus, Bread of Heaven, who came for our salvation,
mortals are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward--
or so it often seems to us--but your steadfast love is
as high as the heavens, and your faithfulness
extends to the clouds.
Teach us to live in awe of you
and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 57; 145; 85; 47
Job 4:1, 5:1-11, 17-21, 26-27
Acts 9:19b-31
John 6:52-59
Selected Verses
Ps. 57:10
For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens;
          your faithfulness extends to the clouds.

Job 5:7
"…but human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward.  …" [Eliphaz to Job]

Acts 9:31
Meanwhile the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and was built up.  Living in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.

John 6:58
"…This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.  But the one who eats this bread will live forever."  [Jesus, teaching in the Capernaum synagogue]

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