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.

When Kindred Live Together in Unity--July 18, 2017

How very good and pleasant it is, Lord,
when kindred live together in unity.
Teach us to live together in unity
with spiritual brothers and sisters.

Show us how to bring back together
all with whom we have quarreled,
and, as we gather together in prayer,
come and speak your word to us,
and rescue us from the hands of evil.

Lectionary Readings
Ps. 42; 146; 102; 133
1 Sam. 19:1-24
Acts 12:1-17
Mark 2:1-12

Selected Verses
Ps. 133:1
How very good and pleasant it is
          when kindred live together in unity! 

1 Sam. 19:7
So Jonathan called David and related all these things to him.  Jonathan then brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as before.

Acts 12:11-12
Then Peter came to himself and said, "Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting."  As soon as he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many had gathered and were praying. 

Mark 2:2
So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and [Jesus] was speaking the word to them. 

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