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.

No Need for Fear and Trembling--July 1, 2017

I am from a poor and humble family,
O God Most Holy--I fear the time of trial;
I tremble at the thought of standing before you.
But I hear you reply there is no need to fear,
for your steadfast love endures forever.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 56; 149; 118; 111
1 Sam. 9:15-10:1
Acts 7:30-43
Luke 22:39-51

Selected Verses
Ps. 118:4
 Let those who fear the LORD say,
          "His steadfast love endures forever."

1 Sam. 9:21
Saul answered [Samuel], "I am only a Benjaminite, from the least of the tribes of Israel, and my family is the humblest of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin.  Why then have you spoken to me in this way?"

Acts 7:32
"…'I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.'  Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look.  …"  [Stephen, telling to council the story of God's encounter with Moses]

Luke 22:45-46
When [Jesus] got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, "Why are you sleeping?  Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial."

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