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.

Gentleness Born of Wisdom--Sept. 25, 2016

God of all goodness and mercy, teach us to
learn from what is old and from what is new,
and grant us gentleness born of wisdom,
that our lives may reflect some portion
of the pity and compassion you
show for your people.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 108; 150; 66; 23
Hosea 1:1-2:1
James 3:1-13
Matt. 13:44-52
Selected Verses
Ps. 23:6a
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
          all the days of my life…

Hosea 2:1
Say to your brother, Ammi [My people], and to your sister, Ruhamah [Pitied].

James 3:13
Who is wise and understanding among you?  Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

Matt. 13:52
And Jesus said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."

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