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.

When We Are Together with God--Oct. 14, 2016

We praise your name, O God,
for your name is exalted, your
glory is above earth and heaven.
Young men and women alike,
old and young together,
we praise you.

We are blessed to be with you
and with one another; in good times
and in hard times it gives us courage.
Even when human leaders fail us,
you will not.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 130; 148; 32; 139
Hosea 13:9-16
Acts 28:1-16
Luke 9:28-36
Selected Verses
Ps. 148:12-13
Young men and women alike,
          old and young together!
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
          for his name alone is exalted;
          his glory is above earth and heaven. 

Hosea 13:10
Where now is your king, that he may save you?  Where in all your cities are your rulers, of whom you said, "Give me a king and rulers"? 

Acts 28:14b-15
And so we came to Rome.  The believers from there, when they heard of us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us.  On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.

Luke 9:33
Just as [Moses and Elijah] were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, "Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah"--not knowing what he said. 

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