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.

Made of Dust, but to Grow up into Christ--June 11, 2017

You have made us, O God,
and you remember--we are made of dust.
We know that too, but we also know that from
Christ's fullness we have received grace upon grace.
By Christ's grace, may we in every way grow up
into him, loving you with all our heart,
with all our soul, and with
all our mind.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 103; 150; 117; 139
Deut. 6:1-15
Eph. 4:1-16
John 1:1-18

Selected Verses
Ps. 103:14
For [the LORD] knows how we were made;
          he remembers that we are dust.

Deut. 6:5-6
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.

Eph. 4:15
But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…

John 1:16
From [Christ's] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 

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