This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Thursday, July 15, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
A good name is a better choice than wealth, and respect is worth more than silver and gold. —Both rich and poor are found together,
and the Lord has made them both. (Prov. 22:1&2) Come, let us seek the Lord’s respect!
I will hope continually and add to all your praises. My mouth shall proclaim your righteousness
and your power to save every day—
so much more than I know.
I will succeed by the strength of the Lord—
it is only your justice that I shall proclaim, O Lord. You have taught me since my youth, O God,
and up to now I have proclaimed your wonders, even now that I am old and gray.
Do not abandon me, O God,
until I declare your power to the all generations to come— your strength and your righteousness to the skies, O God, all the great things you have done.
Who is like you, O God!
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility.
Through his own Spirit God reveals his wisdom, which is ordained for our glory. God grants success to our labors. Paul says, “I worked harder than all of them, but not really I, but the grace of God working within me.” (I Cor. 15:10) God also delivers us from dangers when all human help fails. “We felt we had been sentenced to death so that we would not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead, who rescued us from such a terrible death and who will continue to rescue us. We have put our trust in him that he will rescue us again.” (II Cor. 1:9 & 10)
Almighty God, whose blessed Son, Jesus Christ, went about doing good and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people, continue—we beseech you—his gracious work through the endeavors of our Order through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen