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.

Abide in the Son; Abide in the Father--April 27, 2017


Truly you are God of Gods
and Lord of kings--
a revealer of mysteries.

Yet great as you are, you bother
to raise the poor from the dust
and lift the needy from the ash heap.

Teach us to abide in you,
abiding in the Son and in the Father,
that we may bear fruits worthy of repentance.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 47; 147:12-20; 68; 113
Dan. 2:31-49
1 John 2:18-29
Luke 3:1-14    

Selected Verses
Ps. 113
 [The LORD] raises the poor from the dust,
          and lifts the needy from the ash heap…

Dan. 2:47
The king said to Daniel, "Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery!" 

1 John 2:24
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you.  If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father.

Luke 3:8a
"…Bear fruits worthy of repentance.  …"  [John the Baptist to the crowds] 

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