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

Devotion for Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

 

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, you whales and all that swim in the sea,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, all you birds that fly in the sky,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:79&80)

Psalm 87(88):9-19

You put my acquaintances far from me;

they consider me a disgrace to them.

I was handed over and could not escape.

My eyes grow weak from poverty,

and I cry out to you, O Lord, all day long,

stretching out my hands to you.

Will you work wonders for the dead?

Will the doctors raise them to acknowledge you?

Will anyone declare your mercy in the grave

or your truth in decay?

Will your wonders be known in the darkness,

or your justice in the land of oblivion?

I cried out to you, O Lord;

my prayer will come before you first thing.

Why do you spurn my prayer, O Lord,

and turn your face away from me?

I am poor, and in difficulty since my youth.

I was respected, but now I am despised and snubbed.

Your anger has swept over me,

and your terrors torture me.

They engulf me like water all day long,

and in a flood they submerge me.

You have deprived me of even a friend—

and my acquaintances as well—

due to my misery.

From Basil’s The Morals cap. 22 cont.:

What is the mark of a Christian? To be born anew through baptism of water and the Spirit. What is the mark of someone born of water? To be dead and impervious to all sin, even as Christ died once and for all because of sin, as it is written, “all we who are baptized into Christ Jesus are baptized into his death. For we were buried together with him by baptism unto death, knowing that this, our old humanity, is  crucified with him so that the body of sin may be destroyed and we be slaves of sin no longer.” (Rom. 6:3, 4 & 6)

A Prayer

Lord Jesus, your beloved prophet David once asked you to wash him so that he might become clean again. I ask you to show equal kindness to me by refreshing my original baptism within me.  You once said (John 13:10), “whoever has taken a bath needs only to wash his feet to be clean all over.”  If I have gotten the feet of my soul dirty by my contact with this corrupted world, wash them—and more than them. Wash me all over, my head and all its thoughts and judgments; and my hands, all that they do, so that I may be fit to stand with you. Amen.