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.

Make Your Face to Shine upon Us--Nov. 28, 2016

God of grace, though some may always
resist your word, pray make your face
to shine upon us, so your way may be
known in all the earth, your saving
power among all nations.

Help us cease to do evil
and make us clean, to do good,
 seek justice, rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan, and plead for the widow.
Then perhaps, even with no need to speak of it,
we will make our faith in you known.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 122; 145; 40; 67
Isa. 1:10-20
1 Thess. 1:1-10
Luke 20:1-8
Selected Verses
Ps. 67:1-2
May God be gracious to us and bless us
     and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known upon earth,
     your saving power among all nations. 

Isa. 1:16-17
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
     remove the evil of your doings
     from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
     learn to do good;
seek justice,
     rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
     plead for the widow.

1 Thess. 1:8
For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 

Luke 20:7
So [the chief priests, scribes, and elders] answered [Jesus] that they did not know where [the baptism of John] came from.

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