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.

Crumbs from Our Table?--Jan. 30, 2017


O God, you are a stronghold for the oppressed,
but many in our world live in troubled times.
Two things are befalling them, devastation
and destruction, famine and warfare.

Who will grieve with them;
who will comfort them?

Send the Spirit of your Son into our heart;
help us realize that these oppressed
 also are your children. Surely
they deserve more than  
the crumbs that fall
 from our table.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 62; 145; 73; 9
Isa. 51:17-23
Gal. 4:1-11
Mark 7:24-37

Selected Verses
Ps. 9:9
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
          a stronghold in times of trouble. 

Isa. 51:19
These two things have befallen you
         --who will grieve with you? --
devastation and destruction, famine and sword--
          who will comfort you? 

Gal. 4:6-7
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Mark 7:28
But [the Gentile woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit] answered [Jesus], “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 

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