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.

Like a Stubborn Heifer--Sept. 30, 2016

God of my salvation, lead me in your truth,
and teach me, for I am like a stubborn heifer.
Lord Jesus, you spent the night in prayer before
you chose your disciples, and Paul asked you
what he was to do before you sent him
to Damascus.  By your Spirit,
show me your way.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 148; 25; 40
Hosea 4:11-19
Acts 21:37-22:16
Luke 6:12-26
Selected Verses
Ps. 25:5
 Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
          for you are the God of my salvation;
          for you I wait all day long.

Hosea 4:16
Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the LORD now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture?

Acts 22:10
"…I asked, 'What am I to do, Lord?'  The Lord said to me, 'Get up and go to Damascus; there you will be told everything that has been assigned to you to do.'  …"  [Paul in chains, speaking to the crowd who had been mobbing him] 

Luke 6:12
Now during those days [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God. 

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