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.

Though You Are High, and We Are Lowly--May 26, 2017


Jesus, Son of God, you are the Chosen One;
though you are high, and we are lowly,
we make bold to approach your throne
of grace, so that in our time of need
we may receive mercy
and find grace to help.
Stand us up on our feet,
and speak to us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 148; 49; 138
Ezek. 1:28-3:3
Heb. 4:14-5:6
Luke 9:28-36  

Selected Verses
Ps. 138:6
 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly;
          but the haughty he perceives from far away.

Ezek. 2:13
[The Lord God] said to me: O mortal, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 

Heb. 4:16
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Luke 9:35
Then from the cloud came a voice that said, "This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!"

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