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.

Why it Is Good to Be Humble--Nov. 19, 2016

If we humble ourselves, not only will we be exalted,
but we will be more ready to confess our sins
to one another, and pray for one another,
and be healed, and agree to sing
together a new song of praise
in the assembly of the faithful.
And the hearts of parents will turn
toward their children and the hearts
of children to their parents,
and all will be blessed.
God, humble us--
alone it is
so hard.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 122; 149; 100; 63
Mal. 3:13-4:6
James 5:13-20
Luke 18:9-14
Selected Verses
Ps. 149:1
Praise the LORD!
Sing to the LORD a new song,
          his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 

Mal. 4:6
[Elijah] will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 

Luke 18:1
"…I tell you, [the tax collector] went down to his home justified rather than the [Pharisee]; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."  [Jesus to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt]

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