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.

Destined Not for Wrath--Dec. 5, 2016


When the powers of heaven are shaken,
and people faint from fear and foreboding,
remind us, O God, you have destined us not
for wrath, but for salvation through our Lord
Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether
we are asleep or awake we may live with him.
Draw us up from the miry bog of selfishness,
of extravagant building, of mindless growth,
of thoughtlessness for the rest of the world,
and set our feet on the solid rock of love
for your creation, and all living things.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 122; 145; 40; 67
Isa. 5:8-17
1 Thess. 5:1-11
Luke 21:20-28
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 40:2
[The LORD] drew me up from the desolate pit,
          out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
          making my steps secure. 

Isa. 5:8
Ah, you who join house to house,
     who add field to field,
until there is room for no one but you,
     and you are left to live alone
     in the midst of the land! 

1 Thess. 5:9-10
For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. 

Luke 21:26
"…People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  …"  [Jesus to the people in Jerusalem] 

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