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.

Holy, Holy, Holy--Aug. 21, 2016

Lord God the Almighty, holy, holy, holy--
who was and who is and who is to come:
Though sometimes my words have
supported those who stumbled,
have firmed up feeble knees,
when harm comes to me
and touches me, yes,
I may be dismayed.

But you gave us Jesus,
and those who heard him
were astounded at his wisdom
and at his many deeds of power.
Jesus is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble;
in his love I will not fear.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 67; 150; 46; 93
Job 4:1-6, 12-21
Rev. 4:1-11
Mark 6:1-6a
Selected Verses
Ps. 46:1-2
God is our refuge and strength,
          a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
          though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea…

Job 4:4-5
"…Your words have supported those who were stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees.  But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; it touches you, and you are dismayed.  …"  [Eliphaz to Job]

Rev. 4:8
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside.  Day and night without ceasing they sing, "Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come." 

Mark 6:2
On the sabbath [Jesus] began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this?  What is this wisdom that has been given to him?  What deeds of power are being done by his hands!  …"

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