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.

Until You Have Mercy upon Them--Aug. 16, 2016

[From Aug. 22, 2006 archive]

The world is full of suffering,
people whose eyes look to you,
until you have mercy upon them.

And the world is full of brutal people,
people who suppose you support them
as they attack the innocent and unsuspecting.

It is not new, this persecution by the self-righteous,
who view it their God-appointed privilege to eradicate
all who differ from them and then to appropriate their land.

It is not new,
not to have
your love in us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 123; 146; 30; 86
Judg. 18:1-15
Acts 8:1-13
John 5:30-47
Selected Verses
Ps. 123:2
As the eyes of servants
            look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid
            to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
            until he has mercy upon us.

Judg. 18:10
“…When you go, you will come to an unsuspecting people.  The land is broad—God has indeed given it into your hands—a place where there is no lack of anything on earth.”  [Five spies report about Laish to the Danite tribe, urging its capture.]

Acts 8:1b
That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria.

John 5:42
“…But I know that you do not have the love of God in you.      [Jesus, to the authorities]

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