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 Deeds of Iniquity Overwhelm Us--Nov. 4, 2016

Lord of lords, King of kings,
when deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
you forgive our transgressions;
we shall seek refuge in your name.
Create in our midst a people
humble and lowly, yet even under
 threat of death, courageous,
and help us all be more like Jesus.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 51; 148; 142; 65
Zeph. 3:8-13
Rev. 17:1-18
Luke 13:31-35
Selected Verses
Ps. 65:3
When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,
          you forgive our transgressions. 

Zeph. 3:12
For I will leave in the midst of you
     a people humble and lowly.
They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD… 

Rev. 17:13-14
[The ten kings] are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast; they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful."

Luke 13:31
At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus], "Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you." 

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