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.

Good News for the Weak and the Orphan--Jan. 9, 2017

[From Jan. 12, 2015 archive]

Lord Jesus, we have set our hope in you; we pray
that we might live for the praise of your glory.
You have brought good news for the weak
and the orphan, good news for the
lowly and destitute, for you
have put them ahead of
princes and rulers.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
Isa. 40:12-24
Eph. 1:1-14
Mark 1:1-13

Selected Verses
Ps. 82:3
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
          maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute. 

Isa. 40:23
…who brings princes to naught,
          and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

Eph. 1:12
…so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory.

Mark 1:1
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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