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

Devotion for Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

July 18

An Invitation to Prayer

Let us not court death by the error of our ways,
nor provoke our own destruction by the things we do. —For God did not create death, ​(Wis. 1:12&13)

and takes no pleasure in the destruction of the living. Let us reach for the fruit of holiness and life everlasting! (Rom. 6:22)

Psalm 144/145:1-6

I will extol you, O God, my king, and bless your name forever— yes, forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you
and praise you name forever— yes, forever and ever.

The Lord is great, and worthy of utmost praise, and his greatness has no limit.
Generation after generation will praise your works and proclaim your power,

and they shall speak of the majestic glory of your holiness, and review all your marvels.
They will describe the power of your frightful wonders and discuss your greatness.

They shall reminisce on the abundance of your kindness and be glad for your justice.

From Basil’s Homily Against Anger​, sec. 1.
When the principles and directives of medicine are in harmony with the art, their utility is demonstrated best of all by their effect. It is the same with spiritual directives, above all when they are validated by their effect and are shown to be sensible and useful for the improvement of life. We have heard Proverbs state explicitly (15:1), “Anger will even undo the sensible!” And we have even heard the apostolic mandate (Eph. 4:31), “Eradicate all bitterness and anger and temper and profanity from amongst yourselves, with all that is bad;” as well as the Lord’s own pronouncement that one who is unjustifiably angry with his brother is liable to judgment. Now, when we come to experience this passion, not arising from within us but overtaking us from without like some unexpected hurricane, then we will best appreciate the real value of these divine precepts. When we make a place for anger, like an outlet for a river in flood, when seeing the undignified consternation of those overwhelmed by wrath, we discover from their behavior just how salient these words are, “A hot-tempered man is no gentleman.” (Prov. 11:25b)

A Prayer

Set a guard at my mouth, O Lord, a prison door for my lips, (Ps. 140:3) until such time as my heart will be emptied of all evil. Clean out the deepest dungeons of my soul so that all my words and deeds will be pleasing to you and beneficial to me and to others and build your Kingdom here upon the earth, surfeited as it is with violence and evil. Amen.