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.

Your Spirit Gives Life--Feb. 26, 2017

[From Feb. 18, 2007 archive]

Your Spirit gives life; where can we go from it?
You are the sole source of our competence;
where can we flee from your presence?

Your dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and your kingship will never be destroyed,
but the opportunity you give us is temporal.

While we have your light,
help us by your light to see;
make us children of your light.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14
2 Cor. 3:1-9
John 12:27-36a

Selected Verses
Ps. 139:7
Where can I go from your spirit?
          Or where can I flee from your presence? 

Dan. 7:14b
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
          that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
          that shall never be destroyed.

2 Cor. 3:5-6
Not that we are competent of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

John 12:36a
"…While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light."  [Jesus to the crowd]

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