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 We Fall into the Power of Evil--April 24, 2017

We have heard it said of you, O God,
that you are light, and that in you
there is no darkness at all.

When we fall into the power of evil,
in the name of Jesus protect us;
rescue us from the hand
of the wicked,
and make us one.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 97; 145; 124; 115
Dan. 1:1-21
1 John 1:1-10
John 17:1-11

Selected Verses
Ps. 97:10
 The LORD loves those who hate evil;
          he guards the lives of his faithful;
          he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 

Dan. 1:2a
The Lord let King Jehoiakim of Judah fall into his power, as well as some of the vessels of the house of God.

1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.

John 17:11
"…And now I am no longer in the world, but [those whom you gave me] are in the world, and I am coming to you.  Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one." [Jesus, praying for his disciples]

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