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.

Though We Lament like the Jackal--Oct. 16, 2016

Lord, you are our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Trouble comes to us all--
all of us are tested.
We think we are standing,
but if we don't watch out, we fall.
We may lament like the jackal,
mourn like the ostrich,
but all to no avail.
Peter was tested, too,
and many times he failed,
yet he and people like him
were the rock on which
you built your church.
Give us courage and
strength like

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 67; 150; 46; 93
Micah 1:1-9
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Matt. 16:13-20
Selected Verses
Ps. 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
          a very present help in trouble.  

Micah 1:6
For this I will lament and wail;
     I will go barefoot and naked;
I will make lamentation like the jackals,
     and mourning like the ostriches. 

1 Cor. 10:12-13a
So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall.   No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone.

Matt. 16:18
"…And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.  …"  [Jesus to Simon]

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