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.

Your Word Is Very Near to Us--June 13, 2017


Lord Jesus,
are we so short
in spiritual stature
that we cannot see you?
Are our thoughts led astray
from a sincere and pure devotion
to you?  Are your commandments
too difficult to understand, or too far
away from us?

No, your word is very near to us;
in our mouth and in our heart
for us to observe. With you
is the fountain of light;
in your light, we
see light.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 12; 146; 36; 7
Deut. 30:11-20
2 Cor. 11:1-21a
Luke 19:1-10

Selected Verses
Ps. 36:9
For with you is the fountain of life;
          in your light we see light.

Deut. 30:11, 14
Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  … No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

2 Cor. 11:3
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 

Luke 19:3
[Zacchaeus] was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 

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