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.

Depending on God, Who Shows Mercy--April 1, 2017

I pray to you, God who shows mercy,
when I am tempted to leave you
because your people seem ungodly,
when I see deceit and injustice--
reliance not on right but on might--
O, remind me of your mercy.

Bring to my mind how often I fail,
of the many ways I am unjust,
deceitful, and unloving, and make
me realize we must all depend
not on our human will or exertion,
but on the mercy you show us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 43; 149; 31; 143
Jer. 23:9-15
Rom. 9:1-18
John 6:60-71

Selected Verses
Ps. 43:1
Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
          against an ungodly people;
from those who are deceitful and unjust
          deliver me! 

Jer. 23:10
For the land is full of adulterers;
          because of the curse the land mourns,
          and the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
Their course has been evil,
          and their might is not right. 

Rom. 9:16
 So it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God who shows mercy.

John 6:66
Because of this many of [Jesus'] disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.

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