This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, August 15, 2019
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
God has taught us wisdom,
and we have learned holy things.
—The divine words are tried by fire
yet God shields those who respect him. (Prov. 30:3&5)
Come, let us approach him with courage!
I will acclaim you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will sing your praises before the angels
because you have heard every word I’ve uttered.
I will bow down before your holy temple,
and acknowledge your name
for your mercy and your truth.
You have exalted your holy name above everything.
Hear me quickly on any day I call.
Pay special attention to me to strengthen my soul.
Let all the rulers of the earth acknowledge you,
for they have heard everything you have said,
and let them sing on the ways of the Lord
for great is the glory of the Lord.
The Lord is high, yet regards the lowly;
and things that are high he sees from afar.
Even if I walk amidst afflictions you will enliven me.
You have extended your hands against the rage of my enemies, your right hand has saved me.
Lord, you will repay them for me—
your mercy is everlasting, O Lord,
do not overlook the work of your hands.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility, sec. 7
So how shall we quarry this saving humility and be rid of the malignant tumor of pride? By practicing humility in everything and neglecting nothing by assuming no harm will come from it. For the soul becomes like what it pursues, and is molded and shaped by what it does. Your appearance, your clothing, your transportation, your table and chairs, and the style of your meals, your bedding, your house itself and your furnishings—and everything else in your house—should reflect your modesty. The way you speak, sing, converse with your neighbors—these should bespeak modesty, not pretentiousness. Let there be no high-flung vocabulary in your speaking, no cloying sweetness in your singing, no pompous tone in your discussions. Instead put on no airs. Be good to your friends, gentle to your workers, patient with the defiant and kind to the humble. Console the afflicted, visit the distressed, look down on no one. Be pleasant when addressing others, cheerful in replying to them, courteous and affable to all. Never praise yourself; let other people do that for you. Never engage in rude conversation. As far as possible, hide your own excellence.
If I truly believe that I am precious to you, O God, I have no real need of validation from others, so I need not feel discounted if I am overlooked, nor upset if someone else is marked out for praise and not me. Help me to really believe that I am the object of your infinite love, and that should be honor enough. Amen.