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.

We Herd the Wind--Oct. 10, 2016

O loving God, you are good to all, and
your compassion is over all you have made.
When we multiply falsehood and violence, we
herd the wind, pursuing the east wind all day long.
Strengthen us to repent and turn to you and do
deeds consistent with repentance.  Show us
how to share what Jesus has done for us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 135; 145; 97; 112
Hosea 11:12-12:1
Acts 26:1-23
Luke 8:26-39
Selected Verses
Ps. 145:9
The LORD is good to all,
          and his compassion is over all that he has made.

Hosea 12:1
Ephraim herds the wind, and pursues the east wind all day long; they multiply falsehood and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, and oil is carried to Egypt.

Acts 26:19-20
"After that, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout the countryside of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance. …"  [Paul]  

Luke 8:38-39
The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you."  So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

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