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

Devotion for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

July 31

An Invitation to Prayer

Awake! Awake, Jerusalem,
and put strength in your arm. —Awake, for a new day is dawning,

like one in the very beginning. ​(Isaiah 51:9) Come, let us walk in a life made new!

Psalm 56(57):5-11

Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and you glory over all the earth.

They have set traps for my feet,
and have brought down my soul. They have opened a pit in front of me but fell into it themselves.

My heart is ready, O God; my heart is ready— I will sing and make music.
Awake, my Glory!
Awake harp and lyre,

I will awake at dawn.
I will acknowledge you among the people, O God, and sing of you among the nations,
for your mercy is as expansive as the heavens,
and your truth like the clouds.

Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and you glory over all the earth.

From Saint Basil’s Homily Against Anger​.
But you are provoked by the abuse because you consider it rude, bad, crass; yet you imitate it as if it were something good. See, you have the same evil instinct as the one you condemn! Are you eager to look down on another’s sin? Or do you regard your own disgraceful conduct as nothing? Are insults wicked? Then run from indulging in them. For the fact that another started it does not excuse you. In my opinion, even if the cause of his irritation is greater, it is more excusable since he did not see an example of self-control in front of him. Rather you—seeing the ugliness of an angry person—did not guard yourself from assuming his likeness but are irritated, annoyed and angry in return, and your passion then becomes an excuse for the one who started it.

A Prayer

James has told us, O God, that anyone who thinks of himself as religious and does not bridle his tongue but goes on deceiving himself in his heart, is masquerading as religious. To prevent me from offending in my speech, O God, remove from my heart even harsh, judgmental, and unfairly critical thoughts, so that without the impulse to speak in a rude or offensive way, I may walk more surely in your presence as one who worships you authentically. Amen.