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.

The Heavens Are Telling--June 25, 2017


The heavens tell of your glory, O God,
and the Son of Man sits on the throne of glory.
In comparison, the glories of our earthly
enterprises amount to nothing; they will not last.
Teach us to focus on your glory, for that
helps us resist the temptation of self-glorification.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 19; 150; 81; 113
1 Sam. 4:12-22
James 1:1-18
Matt. 19:23-30

Selected Verses
Ps. 19:1
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
          and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 

1 Sam. 4:22
[The daughter-in-law of Eli] said, "The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured."

James 1:12
Blessed is anyone who endures temptation.  Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Matt. 19:28
Jesus said to [his disciples], "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

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