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.

So that We Would Not Perish, God Gave--Dec. 18, 2016

All your paths are steadfast love and faithfulness.
To love is to give, and you loved and gave.
You gave your Son, so that we would not perish.
Fill us with the knowledge of you, so that
we may proclaim your gospel of love and peace.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 24; 150; 25; 110
Isa. 11:1-9
Eph. 6:10-20
John 3:16-21
Selected Verses
Ps. 25:10
 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
          for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Isa. 11:9
They will not hurt or destroy
     on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
     as the waters cover the sea.

Eph. 6:15
As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.

John 3:16
"…For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  …"  [Jesus to Nicodemus]

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