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.

Your Breath within Us--Sept. 5, 2016

Almighty God, it is your breath within us,
your Spirit that makes for understanding.
Without you, I have no understanding;
I walk around in darkness, all
my foundations shaken.
Is this why your church
is sometimes so divided--
why we shake the dust off our
feet and walk away from each other?
Could it be because within us
we do not have your
 breath, your

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Job 32:1-10, 32:19-33:1, 33:19-28
Acts 13:44-52
John 10:19-30
Selected Verses
Ps. 82:5
They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
            they walk around in darkness;
            all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Job 32:8
"…But truly it is the spirit in a mortal, the breath of the Almighty, that makes for understanding.  …"  [Elihu to Job]

Acts 13:51
So [Paul and Barnabas] shook the dust off their feet in protest against [those who drove them away], and went to Iconium. 

John 10:19
Again the Jews were divided because of [Jesus'] words.

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