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.

Open the Door to Peace--Oct. 22, 2016

[From Oct. 25, 2008 archive]

God of our salvation, we will look to you,
we will wait for you, and you will hear us.
We have your promise: ask, search, knock,
and it will be given, we will find, and you
will open the door for us.

What we receive from you may be bitter
in the belly, though honey in the mouth—
but if it comes from you, it will be good.

So today we pray for peace in Jerusalem;
we pray for Arab and Jew, for all who
live where the ancient walls and towers
once afforded security to those inside;
open there the door to peace.

Lectionary Readings
Psalms 63, 100, 122
Micah 7:1-7
Revelation 10:1-11
Luke 11:1-13

Selected Verses
Psalm 122:6-7
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
            “May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
            and security within your towers.”

Micah 7:7
But as for me, I will look to the LORD,
            I will wait for the God of my salvation;
            my God will hear me.

Revelation 10:10
So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

Luke 11:9
“…So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  … ”

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