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.
Peace for the War Within Me--Oct. 27, 2016

I love you, O God, because you have heard my voice,
and when you do not seem to hear, I try to love you.
I love you, and I need you, because when I try to
keep your commandments of love and justice,
when I want to heed all your good tidings
of peace, there is a war within me.
Send your Holy Spirit to teach
me what I ought to say
and what I ought
to do.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 116; 147:12-20; 26; 130
Nahum 1:15-2:12
Rev. 12:7-17
Luke 11:53-12:12

Selected Verses
Ps. 116:1
I love the LORD, because he has heard
          my voice and my supplications.

Nahum 1:15a
Look!  On the mountains the feet of one
     who brings good tidings,
     who proclaims peace!

Rev. 12:17
Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.

Luke 12:12
"…for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what you ought to say."  [Jesus to his disciples]

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