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.

A Prayer for the Martyred--Oct. 18, 2016

God, you are the strength of your people,
the saving refuge of your anointed.
When you have sent them out
to remind the rulers they
must rule with justice--
sent them out like lambs
into the midst of wolves--
and they suffer the great ordeal,
then may your Lamb be their Shepherd
to guide them to springs of the water of life,
where you will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 54; 146; 28; 99
Micah 3:1-8
Rev. 7:9-17
Luke 10:1-16
Selected Verses
Ps. 28:8
The LORD is the strength of his people;
          he is the saving refuge of his anointed. 

Micah 3:1
And I said:
Listen, you heads of Jacob
     and rulers of the house of Israel!
Should you not know justice? 

Rev. 7:16-17
"…[The ones who have come out of the great ordeal] will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."  [One of the elders]

Luke 10:3
"…Go on your way.  See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.  …"  [Jesus to the seventy he sent out]

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