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.

When Truth Stumbles in the Public Square--Feb. 8, 2017


Holy God, when justice is turned back
and righteousness stands at a distance,
when truth stumbles in the public square
and uprightness cannot enter,
then let your steadfast love be
upon us, even as we hope in you.
Remind us--though we are faithless,
Christ remains faithful; let us cleave to him.
O Jesus, you took little children up in your arms;
you laid your hands on them, and you blessed them.
We lack their innocence, but we need your blessing, too .

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 89:1-18; 147:1-11; 1; 33
Isa. 59:1-21
2 Tim. 1:15-2:13
Mark 10:1-16

Selected Verses
Ps. 33:27
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
          even as we hope in you.

Isa. 59:14
Justice is turned back,
          and righteousness stands at a distance;
for truth stumbles in the public square,
          and uprightness cannot enter. 

2 Tim. 2:13
 …if we are faithless, [Christ Jesus] remains faithful--
     for he cannot deny himself.

Mark 10:16
And [Jesus] took [the little children] up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

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