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.

You Whose Hands Have Made and Fashioned Us--March 6, 2017

[From Feb. 14, 2005 archive]

O you whose hands have made and fashioned us,
give us understanding that we may learn
your commandments.  Then with understanding
make us ready to do whatever you tell us,
diligently observing your commandments.
 Though we fail, comfort us in the sure knowledge
that the one who--in spite of our failures--
has sanctified us is not ashamed
to call us brothers and sisters.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 119:73-80; 145; 121; 6
Deut. 8:1-20
Heb. 2:11-18
John 2:1-12

Selected Verses
Ps. 119:73
Your hands have made and fashioned me;
            give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

Deut. 8:1
This entire commandment that I command you today you must diligently observe, so that you may live and increase, and go in and occupy the land that the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors.

Heb. 2:11
For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father.  For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters…

John 2:5
[Jesus'] mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

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