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.

Before the Mountains Were Brought Forth--Dec. 3, 2016


Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You give shade by day from the heat and
 refuge and shelter from the storm and rain.

The days will come when all that we create
will be thrown down; even so, through Jesus,
you will bring with him those who have died.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 90; 149; 80; 72
Isa. 4:2-6
1 Thess. 4:13-18
Luke 21:5-19
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 90:2
 Before the mountains were brought forth,
          or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
          from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Isa. 4:6
[The LORD's canopy] will serve as a pavilion, a shade by day from the heat, and a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

1 Thess. 4:14
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died. 

Luke 21:5
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, [Jesus] said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."

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