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.

Grant Me Humility--Sept. 11, 2016

Creator God, grant me humility:
humility to listen as the heavens tell your glory
and the firmament declares your handiwork,
humility to acknowledge I do not know
the way to the dwelling of the light
or the place where darkness is,
humility to glorify you
and not myself,

and the humility
to seek reconciliation
when I have injured another.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 19; 150; 81; 113
Job 38:1, 18-41
Rev. 18:1-8
Matt. 5:21-26
Selected Verses
Ps. 19:1
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
          and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 

Job 38:19-20
"Where is the way to the dwelling of light, and where is the place of darkness, that you may take it to its territory and that you may discern the paths to its home?  …"  [The LORD to Job]

Rev. 18:7-8a
"…As [Babylon] glorified herself and lived luxuriously, so give her a like measure of torment and grief.  Since in her heart she says, 'I rule as a queen; I am no widow, and I will never see grief,' therefore her plagues will come in a single day…" [An angel, with great authority]

Matt. 5:23-24
"…So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.  …"  [Jesus to his disciples and the crowds on the mountain]

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