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.

Life and Breath, and Light to our Darkness--Sept. 17, 2016

Gracious and merciful God,
we have heard of your wonderful deeds.
Our earthly rulers and millionaires dispense
gifts with royal liberality, but what they do shrinks
to nothing compared to what you have done.
You give us life and breath and all things,
and you sent Jesus to be the light
to our darkness.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 56; 149; 118; 111
Esth. 2:5-8, 15-23
Acts 17:16-34
John 12:44-50
Selected Verses
Ps. 111:4
[The LORD] has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
          the LORD is gracious and merciful. 

Esth. 2:18
Then the king gave a great banquet to all his officials and ministers --"Esther's banquet." He also granted a holiday to the provinces, and gave gifts with royal liberality.

Acts 17:25
"…nor is [God] served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.

John 12:46
"…I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.  …"  [Jesus, crying out aloud]

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