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

Devotion for Saturday, August 14, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

August 10

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, nighttime and daytime,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, darkness and light,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:71&72)

Psalm 125(126)

When the Lord reversed the captivity of Zion,

then we became like the comfortable.

Then our mouth was filled with joy

and our tongue with rejoicing.

 

Then the word among the nations was,

“The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us,

and we have become the happy ones.

 

Reverse our captivity, O Lord

like arroyos in the south.

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Leaving, they leave in tears, sowing their seed;

returning, they return in joy, carrying their sheaves.

 

From Basil’s homily on Psalm 14, sec. 6:

There is absolutely no merit in giving generous alms to street musicians rendering baneful songs to move women, or to those showing their mutilated limbs and running sores to exploit others, because the generosity bestowed on them will become an opportunity for doing wrong. Instead, we must drive away the braying of such people by giving them small sums, and we must show compassion and fraternal charity to those who have been taught to endure their affliction with patience.

A Prayer

Your word tells us to drink water from our own bucket, and from the cisterns at our own springs. (Prov. 5:15) Your favor and grace may come like a torrent now and then to the empty gullies in our minds and hearts and fill them to overflowing with joy and faith.  May you Spirit lead us to remember these seasons of spiritual delight by storing them in the cistern we prepare in our heart and mind, and then drawing from that reservoir with own recollections and meditations so that, in the dry and arid season, we will still have you, the Living Water, to quench our thirst and that of others. Amen