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.

May No Valley Stand between Us--July 13, 2017

Gracious God, our hope is in you,
for with you there is steadfast love,
and with you, great power to redeem.
Teach us not to  call anyone profane or
unclean, and that Christ's message
of repentance and forgiveness
is intended for all nations.
May no valley stand
between us.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 116; 147:12-20; 26; 130
1 Sam. 16:14-17:11
Acts 10:17-33
Luke 24:36-53

Selected Verses
Ps. 130:7
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
          For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
          and with him is great power to redeem. 

1 Sam. 17:3
The Philistines stood on the mountain on one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them.

Acts 10:27-28
And as [Peter] talked with [Cornelius], he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, "You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.  …"

Luke 24:46-47
…and [Jesus] said to [his disciples], "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.  …" 

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