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 Lead a Life Worthy of God--Nov. 29, 2016

You are a God of righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of your steadfast love.

You have given us your beloved son,
but we have not respected him
by following his commands.

We live in a culture where
money reigns supreme
and the poor are neglected.

Help us to lead lives worthy
of you, as we answer your call
to enter your kingdom and glory.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 33; 146; 85; 94
Isa. 1:21-31
1 Thess. 2:1-12
Luke 20:9-18
Selected Verses
Ps. 33:5
 [The LORD] loves righteousness and justice;
          the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.

Isa. 1:23
Your princes are rebels
     and companions of thieves.
Everyone loves a bribe
     and runs after gifts.
They do not defend the orphan,
     and the widow's cause does not come before them.

1 Thess. 2:12
…urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Luke 20:13
"…Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do?  I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.'  …"  [Jesus, telling the people the parable of the wicked tenants]

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