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.

In Our Day of Trouble, Be Merciful--June 9, 2017


God of our ancestors, in our day of trouble
we cry to you.  Pray hear our voice
and see our affliction.

We intended to do what was right in your sight
 and in the sight of others, but we have failed.
 Be merciful, O God, for we are sinners.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 88; 148; 6; 20
Deut. 26:1-11
2 Cor. 8:16-24
Luke 18:9-14

Selected Verses
Ps. 20:1
The LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
          The name of the God of Jacob protect you! 

Deut. 26:7
…we cried to the LORD, the God of our ancestors; the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression.

2 Cor. 8:21
…for we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord's sight but also in the sight of others. 

Luke 18:13
"'…But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' "… [Jesus, to his disciples]

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