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.

Questions that Need No Asking--July 14, 2017

Sometimes, O God, we ask a question
to which we already know the answer.
"What have I done" is one such example,
at the same time we remember our sin.
Another example is to ask if we must
accept as fellow believer someone
who shares our baptism and who
 has received your Holy Spirit, 
when clearly it is your will.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 84; 148; 25; 40
1 Sam. 17:17-30
Acts 10:34-48
Mark 1:1-13

Selected Verses
Ps. 25:7
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
          according to your steadfast love remember me,
          for your goodness’ sake, O LORD!

1 Sam. 17:29
David said, “What have I done now?  It was only a question.”

Acts 10:46b-47
Then Peter said, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 

Mark 1:7-8
[John the baptizer] proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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