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

Devotion for Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

December 1

An Invitation to Prayer

“Let us go over Bethlehem,

and see this thing that has come to pass,

which the Lord has made known to us.”

-Luke 2:15b

 

Psalm 118/119

Aleph

Blessed are those  on the blameless way,

who walk by the law of the Lord.

Blessed are those who keep his ordinances,

and seek him wholeheartedly.

They do no wrong

but have walked in his ways.

You ordered your precepts

to be kept diligently.

Would that my ways be directed

to keeping your statutes!

Then I would not be ashamed

when I look to your commandments.

I will thank you with an upright heart

as I learn your righteous rules.

I will keep your precepts;

do not abandon me, Eternal Exalted One!

 

A reading from Basil’s, On the Human Condition

We get greater satisfaction from learning about the sky than about ourselves. Do not assess the wonder within you as nothing. While you may be insignificant in your own estimation, the Word says that you are great. For the wise David, examining and seeing himself exactly, says, “I am awesomely, wondrously made. Your work is wonderful. The craftsmanship, and the wisdom demonstrated in my physical structures, leads me to understand the great Creator.”

 

A Prayer based on Psalm 138/139.

O God, “I praise you for I am awesomely, wondrously made; your work is

wonderful, and I know it well. My frame was not concealed from you when I was

molded in secret, knit together, as it were, in the recesses of the earth. Your eyes

saw my unformed limbs, and all were recorded in your book. They took form in due

time, every last one of them.” Preserve me in good health and strength that I might

serve you by loving and caring for all around me. Let me use all my unfolding

potential to the glory of your name. Amen!

 

Note: Nahum the prophet is remembered today in the East today