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.

Come Dwell in Us, Holy Spirit--Feb. 7, 2017


Come, Holy Spirit,
come dwell in us,
and help us guard
the good treasure
you entrusted to us.
Forfend that we should
place a stumbling block before
one of the little ones who believe in you.
Teach us to offer our food to the hungry,
to satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
remembering that you regard
the prayer of the destitute
and will not despise
their prayer.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 42; 146; 102; 133
Isa. 58:1-12
2 Tim. 1:1-14
Mark 9:42-50

Selected Verses
Ps. 102:17
 [The LORD] will regard the prayer of the destitute,
          and will not despise their prayer. 

Isa. 58:10
…if you offer your food to the hungry
          and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
          and your gloom be like the noonday. 

2 Tim. 1:14
Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.

Mark 9:42
"…If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.  …" [Jesus to is disciples]

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