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.

Not the Savior whom the World Expected--Dec. 24, 2016

Lord God, you have raised up a mighty savior for us,
but not the savior whom the world expected--
he did not come to us with vengeance,
but came a tiny, helpless infant.
Even so he came to save us,
but instead of terrible recompense
he came with pity for the weak and needy;
he came that we of fearful heart might be strong.
Therefore, at the name of Jesus let every knee bend,
and let every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 90; 149; 80; 72
Isa. 35:1-10
Philip. 2:5-11
Luke 1:67-80
Selected Verses
Ps. 72:13
 [The king] has pity on the weak and the needy,
          and saves the lives of the needy. 

Isa. 35:4
Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear!  Here is your God.  He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.  He will come and save you."

Phil. 2:10-11
…so that at the name of Jesus
          every knee should bend,
          in heaven and on earth and under the earth… 
and every tongue should confess
          that Jesus Christ is Lord,
          to the glory of God the Father.

Luke 1:69
"…[The Lord God of Israel] has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David…"

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