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.

To God, Who Silences the Roaring of the Seas--Oct. 19, 2016


God, you silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.

Quiet us, for you are the Lord of Hosts,
and there is no need
to be afraid.

Quiet us, for your mouth has spoken
and we would hear what you
have to say.

Quiet us that our prayers may rise to you,
as the smoke of burning incense
rises in the air.

Quiet us, and bless us that our eyes may see
some portion of what you see for us--
a time of peace.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 65; 147:1-11; 125; 91
Micah 3:9-4:5
Rev. 8:1-13
Luke 10:17-24
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 65:7
You silence the roaring of the seas,
          the roaring of their waves,
          the tumult of the peoples. 

Micah 4:4
…but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees,
            and no one shall make them afraid;
            for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Rev. 8:4
And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.

Luke 10:23-24
Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!   For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

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