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.

In Patience to Wait--Sept. 29, 2016

All-knowing God, we know so little,
yet act as if we know so much--
as if we know better than you.

In our ignorance, we inflict great harm.
Teach us not to leap to conclusions,
but in patience to wait for you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 116; 147:12-20; 26; 130
Hosea 4:1-10
Acts 21:27-36
Luke 6:1-11
Selected Verses
Ps. 130:5
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
          and in his word I hope…

Hosea 4:6a
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me.  [The LORD speaking through Hosea]

Acts 21:27b-28
[Jews from Asia] seized [Paul], shouting, "Fellow Israelites, help!  This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against our people, our law, and this place; more than that, he has actually brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."

Luke 6:2
But some of the Pharisees said [to Jesus], "Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?" 

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