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
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.”
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