This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, September 25, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Do not seek death in the errors of your life,
nor bring destruction on yourself by your deeds.
—Because God did not create death,
and finds no joy in the destruction of the living. (WisSol 1:12&13)
Come, let us search the Word of Life!
God spoke in his holy place,
“I will be exalted and divide Shechem,
I will apportion the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh, too;
Ephraim is my helmet, and Judah my scepter.
Moab is a bucket for my purposes,
over Edom I will throw my sandal,
the Philistines I subdue.”
Who will lead me to the fortified city?
Who will guide me as far as Idumea?
Are you not the one who has rejected us, O God?
Will you not go out with our forces?
I myself may undermine my understanding of you, O God, by making up excuses and rationales for cutting corners with your will and law, if not worse. Depending on how deep I dig to bring down the fortifications by ignoring afterwards what should be a healthy guilt, or by avoiding repentance as though I did nothing wrong and so play the hypocrite, I may find myself in a pit from which I cannot escape. Never let me sink so low, O God! Bring me back to my senses before I must stand trial before you. Amen!