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.

Nourished with Your Peace--Oct. 26, 2016


Holy God, we worship you and hold you in awe.
Pray break the yoke of sin, snap the bonds that bind us,
for trivial concerns so captivate us that we neglect
justice for the downtrodden and even our love for you.
Make us clean inside, nourished with your peace.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 147:1-11; 132; 134
Nahum 1:1-14
Rev. 12:1-6
Luke 11:37-52
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 96:9
  Worship the LORD in holy splendor;
          tremble before him, all the earth.

Nahum 1:13
"…And now I will break off his yoke from you
     and snap the bonds that bind you."
[The LORD to the people of Nineveh]

Rev. 12:6
…and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

Luke 11:41-42
"…So give for alms those things that are within; and see, everything will be clean for you.  But woe to you Pharisees!  For you tithe mint and rue and herbs of all kinds, and neglect justice and the love of God; it is these you ought to have practiced, without neglecting the others.  …"  [Jesus, at table with Pharisees and lawyers]

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