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 Some May Scoff at the Thought--June 21, 2017

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
though some may scoff at the thought,
your steadfast love is upon us
and our hope is in you.
Whether young or old,
we live in your presence--
and dying, will still be alive to you.

Lectionary Readings
Ps.89:1-18; 147:1-11; 1; 33
1 Sam. 2:12-26
Acts 2:1-21
Luke 20:27-40

Selected Verses
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us,
          even as we hope in you.

1 Sam. 2:21b
And the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.

Acts 2:13
But others sneered and said, “[The Galileans speaking in other languages] are filled with new wine.”

Luke 20:38
"…Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."  [Jesus to those who scoffed at the resurrection]

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