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.

God, Still Working--Aug. 13, 2016

God our Father,
you are still working,
and Jesus also is working;
the earth is satisfied with
the fruit of your work.

And we are satisfied, too--
but you have seen how some
of your children are mistreated
and have heard their groaning.

We do not know what makes
their oppressors so strong or
how to overpower them--
pray send help to rescue
those who suffer so.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 104; 149; 138; 98
Judg. 16:1-14
Acts 7:30-43
John 5:1-18
Selected Verses
Ps. 104:13
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
          the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

Judg. 16:5
The lords of the Philistines came to [Delilah] and said to her, "Coax [Samson], and find out what makes his strength so great, and how we may overpower him, so that we may bind him in order to subdue him; and we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver." 

Acts 7:34
"'…I have surely seen the mistreatment of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to rescue them.  Come now, I will send you to Egypt.'  …"  [Stephen, quoting God in his conversation with Moses]

John 5:17
But Jesus answered [those who persecuted him for healing on the sabbath], "My Father is still working, and I also am working." 

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