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

Devotion for Sunday, June 27, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

June 23

An Invitation to Prayer

The Lord fashioned wisdom at the beginning of creation,
for the sake of all he was doing.
—Established in the beginning before these times,
even before he made the earth and the seas! ​(Prov. 8:22-24)
Come, let us adore him!

Psalm 26(27) 2-6

The Lord is my light and my Savior, whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the protector of my life, whom shall I dread?

When evildoers snatch at me to devour my flesh,
my persecutors and my enemies grow weak and fall.
Though an army be marshaled against me
my heart will not fear.
Though war break out against me
I will still hope.

One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is my quest,
to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to see the enchantment of the Lord
and gaze upon his temple.
For he sheltered me in his tent on an evil day,
guarding me in the recesses of his tent,
setting me high on a rock.

And now look—
he has raised my head above my enemies all around.
I went and offered a sacrifice of praise in his tent.
I will sing and make music for the Lord!

A reading from Basil’s ​Long Rules​, #49, regarding controversy in the community.

Now, with regard to disputes that may arise among the members; whenever particular individuals are in disagreement with each other on any matter, they should not contend with each other in a wrangling manner but refer the matter to those who are more competent than they. Nevertheless, so that good order may not be disturbed by everyone constantly addressing a problem, and to forestall foolishness and silliness, someone approved for it should be appointed to bring the problem to the community for a general consideration or to bring it to the attention of the superior. In this way the issue can be examined in a more fitting and rational way since knowledge and experience are nowhere more necessary than in matters of this kind. If no workman would entrust his tools to an unskilled individual, it is even more important to restrict the use of words to those capable of discerning competently the right time, place, and method of inquiring and who, by insightful dialogue, can make a genuine contribution toward solving the problem to the edification of all.

A Prayer

Creator of heaven and earth, and all that is in them, with the cooperation of your Word and the Holy Spirit, deal with me as one more ornament of your creation, as an individual whose true grandeur will not be realized without the fruitful fellowship of all your devoted followers. May I follow the model presented in your Word made flesh and be driven by your Holy Spirit to appear, at last, before you with the best I have to offer of myself in return for the life you have given me. Amen.