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.

You Adorn the Humble with Victory--Dec. 31, 2016

You take pleasure in your people, O God;
you adorn the humble with victory.
In Christ you were reconciling the world
to yourself, not counting our trespasses against us,
and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.
Christ is the light of the world, an everlasting rock;
he leads us with the light of life.
Give us a steadfast mind,
that we may trust in him,
and trust in you, to give us peace,
reconciled with one another.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 98; 149; 45; 96
Isa. 26:1-6
2 Cor. 5:16-6:2
John 8:12-19

Selected Verses
Ps. 149:4
 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
          he adorns the humble with victory. 

Isa. 26:3-4
Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace —
          in peace because they trust in you.
Trust in the LORD forever,
          for in the LORD GOD
          you have an everlasting rock. 

2 Cor. 5:19
…that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

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