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.

In Hopeful Waiting--Dec. 23, 2016


May your hand be with us to save us, O God.
Be our judge, our ruler, and our king.
Our soul waits for you, for
in your word we hope,
as we worship
only you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 102; 148; 130; 16
Isa. 33:17-22
Rev. 22:6-11, 18-20
Luke 1:57-66
           
Selected Verses
Ps. 130:5
 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
          and in his word I hope…

Isa. 33:17-22
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler,
     the LORD is our king; he will save us.

Rev. 22:9
…but [the angel] said to me, "You must not do that!  I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book.  Worship God!"

Luke 1:66
All who heard [the stories about the birth of John] pondered them and said, "What then will this child become?" For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

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