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.

His Feet upon the Mountain--Jan. 6, 2017

[From Jan. 6, 2013 archive]

God, when you are gracious to us and bless us,
and make your face to shine upon us,
we need neither sun nor moon;
your glory is our light,
the lamb, our lamp.

When Christ is with us,
he does not need to cry aloud
or make his voice heard on the streets.
Enough the beauty--his feet upon the mountain
as he announces peace, and good news, and salvation.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 72; 150; 100; 67
Isa. 52:7-10
Rev. 21:22-27
Matt. 12:14-21

Selected Verses
Ps. 67:1
 May God be gracious to us and bless us
          and make his face to shine upon us…                  Selah

Isa. 52:7
How beautiful upon the mountains
          are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
          who announces salvation,
          who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Rev. 21:23
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

Matt. 12:19
"…[My servant] will not wrangle or cry aloud,
          nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.  …"
[Words from the prophet Isaiah, according to Matthew fulfilled by Jesus]

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