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.

Yet We Believe and Trust--Sept. 2, 2016

O Lord God of Hosts,
happy is everyone who trusts in you.
In a world full of violence,
where we cry aloud there is no justice,
we yet believe and trust in you.
In such a world Jesus carried out your
wishes; O help us do the same.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 148; 25; 40
Job 19:1-7, 14-27
Acts 13:13-25
John 9:18-41
Selected Verses
Ps. 84:12
O LORD of hosts,
          happy is everyone who trusts in you.

Job 19:7
Even when I cry out, 'Violence!' I am not answered; I call aloud, but there is no justice.  …"  [Job to Bildad]

Acts 13:22
When [God] had removed [Saul], he made David their king.  In his testimony about him he said, 'I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.'  …"  [Paul to the synagogue in Antioch]

John 9:38
[The man whose blindness Jesus had healed] said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped [Jesus]. 

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