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.

Visions from God--July 12, 2017


Maker of heaven and earth, and all that is,
yet you come to us in amazing ways—
while we are walking with a friend,
or in a vision to an alien soldier,
or to a ruddy-cheeked youth
called from tending sheep. 

We may not experience
visions like theirs,
but make us aware
you are with us
always.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 96; 147:1-11; 132; 134
1 Sam. 16:1-13
Acts 10:1-16
Luke 24:13-35

Selected Verses
Ps. 134:3
 May the LORD, maker of heaven and earth,
          bless you from Zion.

1 Sam. 16:13
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed [David] in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.  Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

Acts 10:3-4
One afternoon at about three o'clock [Cornelius] had a vision in which he clearly saw an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius.”  He stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” He answered, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.  …”

Luke 24:15-16
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 

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