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.

Why Do We Look up to Heaven?--June 19, 2017

We are deeply troubled, Lord God, with
neither knowledge nor understanding.

We pour out our soul before you.
We walk around in darkness--

all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
We have rejected Jesus, the cornerstone;
Why, then, do we look up to heaven?

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 5; 145; 82; 29
1 Sam. 1:1-20
Acts 1:1-14
Luke 20:9-19

Selected Verses
Ps. 82
[The other gods] have neither knowledge nor understanding,
          they walk around in darkness;
          all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

1 Sam. 1:15
But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman deeply troubled; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the LORD.

Acts 1:10-11
While [Jesus] was going [up] and [his disciples] were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.  They said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?  …"

Luke 20:17-18
But [Jesus] looked at [the people] and said, "What then does this text mean:
     'The stone that the builders rejected
          has become the cornerstone'?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls." 

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