This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

 

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, all animals on the land, domestic and wild,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, all peoples on the earth,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:81&82)

Psalm 126(127)

Unless the Lord builds the house,

the laborers work in vain.

Unless the Lord protects the city,

the guards keep watch in vain.

 

It is foolish for you to get up early,

to get up after settling down,

you who eat the bread of hard labor,

while he gives sleep to his beloved.

 

Look; sons are an inheritance from the Lord,

the reward of the fruit of the womb.

Like arrows in the hand of a mighty man,

so are the sons from one’s prime.

 

Blessed is the one fully satisfied with them,

they shall not be embarrassed

when they speak with their enemies at the gates.

 

The conclusion (cap. 22) from Basil’s The Morals, cont.: What is the mark of one born of the Spirit?  To become, to the extent of his capacity, that from which he was born; as it is written,“What is born of flesh is flesh, what is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:6) What is the mark of one born anew? To strip off the old humanity with its deeds and desires and lusts and put on the new humanity “being renovated for accurate knowledge in accord with the image of the one who created him.” (Col. 3:10) For it is written, “As many of you who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.”  What is the mark of a Christian? Purification from all defilement of the flesh and spirit by the Blood of Christ, and bringing sanctification to perfection in fear of God and love of Christ.

A Prayer

There is an order of nature, O Lord, that I should respect; but there are times when I need to overrule it. Not every instinct I have is good and holy. Once more I may be faced with making decisions not easily discerned, especially since human nature has been damaged by sin and corruption. May your Holy Spirit lead me to live in the rhythm of nature when it is godly and pleasing to you, and then to find the strength to go against the tide when it is demanded by your call to holiness.  Sacrifice may be irksome, but love can make it a joy, so fill my heart with love for you so that I may be as brave as the martyrs were. Amen.