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.

Give Me an Undivided Heart--Jan. 17, 2017


Give me an undivided heart, O God,
that I may walk in your truth,
and worship only you.

Help, Holy Spirit, for my eyes are shut,
and my mind as well; I cannot
see, cannot understand.

 I am blinded by my idols, my desire
to be approved, to be admired,
to be the best at all I do.

Living with my heart divided against itself,
living with such futility in my mind,
is not the way I learned Christ.
Forgive my idol worship.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 123; 146; 30; 86
Isa. 44:9-20
Eph. 4:17-27
Mark 3:19b-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 86:11
Teach me your way, O LORD,
          that I may walk in your truth;
          give me an undivided heart to revere your name. 

Isa. 44:18
[Those who worship idols] do not know, nor do they comprehend; for their eyes are shut, so that they cannot see, and their minds as well, so that they cannot understand. 

Eph. 4:17, 20
Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds.  …That is not the way you learned Christ! 

Mark 3:24-25
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.

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