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.

A People Led Astray, Left in Confusion--Dec. 14, 2016

We are a people led astray, a people left in confusion,
for we have turned to false prophets, false teachers
 arising among us, bearing destructive opinions.
O Savior of those who at your right hand
seek refuge from their adversaries,
wondrously show your steadfast love.
In our wilderness, may we find a baptism
of repentance for the forgiveness of our sins.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 50; 147:1-11; 53; 17
Isa. 9:8-17
2 Peter 2:1-10a
Mark 1:1-8
Selected Verses
Ps. 17:7
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
          O savior of those who seek refuge
          from their adversaries at your right hand.

Isa. 9:16
…for those who led this people led them astray,
     and those who were led by them were left in confusion. 

2 Peter 2:1a
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive opinions. 

Mark 1:1-8
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 

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