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.

Philip's Prayer, and Mine--Jan. 4, 2017


Clouds, thick darkness all around you--
so hard to see--are you there, God?
Haven't I persevered to find you?
Even if you are invisible, Lord,
show me that you are present.
You can see, God--I have turned
 aside to look--won't you call out to me?

Forgive me; after all this time with him,
I should have known: if I have seen Jesus,
I have seen you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 20; 147:1-11; 93; 97
Exod. 3:1-5
Heb. 11:23-31
John 14:6-14

Selected Verses
Ps. 97:2
Clouds and thick darkness are all around [the LORD];
          righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 

Exod. 3:4
When the LORD saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”  And he said, “Here I am.” 

Heb. 11:27
By faith [Moses] left Egypt, unafraid of the king’s anger; for he persevered as though he saw him who is invisible.

John 14:9
Jesus said to [Philip], “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me?  Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?  …"

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