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.

Give Us Your Spirit, Jesus--Aug. 9, 2016

Holy God, as a deer longs for flowing
streams, so our soul longs for you.
Jesus, Lord and Savior, give us
repentance and forgiveness of sin.
And Jesus, without measure,
give us your Spirit,
that we may know
what to do to obey you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 42; 146; 102; 133
Judg. 13:1-15
Acts 5:27-42
John 3:22-36
Selected Verses
Ps. 42:1
As a deer longs for flowing streams,
          so my soul longs for you, O God. 

Judg. 13:12
Then Manoah said [to the man of God], "Now when your words come true, what is to be the boy's rule of life; what is he to do?" 

Acts 5:31-32
"…God exalted [Jesus] at his right hand as Leader and Savior that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.  And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him."

John 3:34
"…He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.  …"  [John the Baptizer to his disciples]

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