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 Judge for Myself what Is Right--Oct. 31, 2016

O God, to judge for myself what is right
is often beyond my power to decide--
or so I try to convince myself.

And true, it calls for endurance,
yet in my heart I know that violence
and fraud are wrong, and that it is right
to give justice to the weak and the orphan,
defending the rights of the lowly and destitute.
God, strengthen me to do what I know to be
in keeping with your commandments,
holding fast to the faith of Jesus.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Zeph. 1:7-13
Rev. 14:1-13
Luke 12:49-59
Selected Verses
Ps. 82:3
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
          maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.

Zeph. 1:9
On that day I will punish
     all who leap over the threshold,
who fill their master’s house
      with violence and fraud.

Rev. 14:12
Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.

Luke 12:57
"…And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?  …"  [Jesus to the crowds]

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