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.

In Your Light We See Life--Oct. 25, 2016


We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were.
You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and
abounding in steadfast love.
With you is the fountain of life; in your light
we see life.
Grant that whatever light from you is in us
 may shine for all to see life, too.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 12; 146; 36; 7
Jonah 3:1-4:11
Rev. 11:14-19
Luke 11:27-36

Selected Verses
Ps. 36:9
 For with you is the fountain of life;
          in your light we see light.

Jonah 4:12b
"…That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.  …"  [Jonah to God]

Rev. 11:17
…singing, "We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty, who are and who were, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.  …"  [The 24 elders, before God] 

Luke 11:33
"No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.  …"  [Jesus to the crowds]

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