This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, December 6, 2018
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
The Lord’s salvation is for his people Israel forever.
May sinners be completely removed from the presence of the Lord.
—And may the Lord’s devout inherit his promises! (PsSol 12:6)
All this has come upon us
although we had not forgotten you,
nor had we violated your covenant.
Our heart did not drawn back,
but you diverted our paths from your way.
You laid us low in a place of bad treatment
and the shadow of death covered us.
If we had forgotten the name of our God,
if we had lifted our hands to an alien god,
would God not have discovered this,
for he knows the secrets of the heart?
Because of you we are killed all day long,
we are considered sheep for the slaughter.
Wake up! Why are your sleeping, Lord?
Get up! Do not reject us forever.
Why have you turned your face away?
Why do you overlook our destitution and affliction?
Our soul is humiliated down in the dust—
down to the ground on our stomachs.
Get up, Lord! Come to our aid,
and deliver us for your name’s sake!
A Note from Basil to Olympius, letter #13
As all the fruits of the season come to us in their proper time,
flowers in spring, grain in summer, and apples in autumn,
conversation is the fruit of winter.
As you have provided richly for us in the year that now approaches its end, we ask you in your Providence to continue to sustain us, as well as all the poor and needy. Provide sufficient food for them, and a little something more at this time so that the coming holiday season may be a time of joy for them and not the specter of even greater anxiety and sadness and gloom. Amen.