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.

Refugees--Endless Cruelty--Oct. 29, 2016

Merciful God, so many refugees,
and so many more who cannot escape
the endless cruelty that prevents them from
becoming refugees--surround all with your love;
even as the mountains surround Jerusalem,
surround them with protecting love.

God of wisdom and knowledge,
so many people have been deceived;
so many of us worship wealth and honor--
help us to realize, there is no need to be afraid;
it is your good pleasure to give the kingdom,
but if our heart is with our riches, then
it will not be with your kingdom.

If it is thus we pray, should we not
invest our wealth to help
the refugees?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 63; 149; 125; 90
Nahum 3:8-19
Rev. 13:11-18
Luke 12:32-48
Selected Verses
Ps. 125:2
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
          so the LORD surrounds his people,
          from this time on and forevermore. 

Nahum 3:19c
For who has ever escaped
     your endless cruelty?

Rev. 13:14
…and by the signs that [the second beast] is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived…

Luke 12:32-33
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give alms.  Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 

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