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.

By Night, but at Least He Came--Aug. 8, 2016

Righteous God, you abhor lies and deceitfulness;
we find them convenient--at times necessary.
You abhor blood thirstiness, we thrive
on watching it and hearing of it.
The apostles acted boldly;
we hold them in high esteem
but would not have dared join them.
Out of fear, Nicodemus came to Jesus
only by night (but at least he came).

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Judg. 12:1-7
Acts 5:12-26
John 3:1-21
Selected Verses
Ps. 5:6
You destroy those who speak lies;
          the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful.

Judg. 12:1
The men of Ephraim were called to arms, and they crossed to Zaphon and said to Jephthah, "Why did you cross over to fight against the Ammonites, and did not call us to go with you?  We will burn your house down over you!"

Acts 5:13
None of the rest [of the people] dared to join [the apostles and those gathered with them], but the people held them in high esteem. 

John 3:1-2
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.  He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."

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