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.

Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done--Nov. 17, 2016

We praise you, O God, for you are righteous,
you are gracious, you are merciful.
Only you are God, and you have created us--
all the peoples who dwell on earth.
Teach us that because we all have one Creator,
we must not be faithless to one another.

O God, we know not what tomorrow will bring,
only that we are a mist that appears for
a little while and soon vanishes--and we do not
know when your kingdom will come,
only that when we are with the Lord Jesus,
trying to live according to your will,
then your kingdom already is among us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 143; 147:12-20; 81; 116
Mal. 2:1-16
James 4:13-5:6
Luke 17:20-37
Selected Verses
Ps. 116:5
Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
          our God is merciful. 

Mal. 2:10
Have we not all one father?  Has not one God created us?  Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our ancestors? 

James 4:14
Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 

Luke 17:20-21
Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, "The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!'  For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you."

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