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.

Who May Abide with You, God?--Sept. 14, 2016

O God, who may abide with you?
The ones who turn away from their sin,
the ones who proclaim a way of salvation,
or the ones who follow Jesus and serve him?
(The three choices are not mutually exclusive.)

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 15; 147:7-11; 48; 4
Job 42:1-17
Acts 16:16-24
John 12:20-26
Selected Verses
Ps. 15:1
 O LORD, who may abide in your tent?
          Who may dwell on your holy hill?

Job 42:6
"…therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."  [Job to the LORD]

Acts 16:17
While [the slave girl who had a spirit of divination] followed Paul and us, she would cry out, "These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation." 

John 12:26
"…Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.  Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.  …"  [Jesus to Andrew and Philip]

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