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.

God Our Maker--Jan. 19, 2017


God our Maker, your steadfast love extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.  Your righteousness
is like the mighty mountains, your judgments
like the great deep.

Your kingdom is as if someone would scatter seed
on the ground, and days pass, and it sprouts
and it grows--we know not how.

How foolish we are to struggle against you--
the pot does not question the potter.
All we need to know is what
your will for us is.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 36; 147:12-20; 80; 27
Isa. 45:5-17
Eph. 5:15-33
Mark 4:21-34

Selected Verses
Ps. 36:5-6
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
          your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
          your judgments are like the great deep;
          you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.

Isa. 45:9
Woe to you who strive with your Maker,
          earthen vessels with the potter!
Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”?
          or “Your work has no handles”? 

Eph. 5:17
So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

Mark 4:26-27
[Jesus] also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.  …"

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