This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, August 21, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
A Invitation to Prayer
Make friends with the medics
because your need them.
—God has established them in their profession.
So let us thank God with praise! (Sirach 38:1)
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
O Lord, my God, you are great indeed,
vested with all praise and honor,
wrapped in light for a mantle,
spreading the skies like drapes.
He covers his heights with water,
making the clouds his steps,
walking on the wings of the wind,
making spirits his messengers
and flaming fire his servants.
He establishes the earth on its foundation,
not to tumble for ages of ages.
The deep, like clothing, is his vesture.
The waters stand upon the mountains.
At your rebuke they flee;
at the sound of your thunder they cower in fear.
The mountains ascend and the plains descend
to the place you have established for them.
You set a boundary they may not pass,
nor shall they return to cover the earth.
From Basil’s Long Rules, question 55:
Each of the arts is God’s gift to us, a remedy for some deficiency of nature, like agriculture—since what the earth would produce on its own would prove insufficient for our needs; and the art of weaving, since we need clothing for decency and for protection from the elements. It is similar with the art of building. And it is also true of the medical arts, since our bodies are susceptible to various injuries, some attaching from without and some attaching from within, perhaps from the food we eat. And since the body suffers from both excess and deficiency, the medical arts have been granted to us by God, who directs our whole life, as a model of care for our souls, to guide us in both removing what is extraneous and for supplying for what is deficient.
At this time, Lord Jesus, healer of our souls and bodies, send your Spirit afresh into our hearts so that—as members of a Hospitaller order—we may practice the arts of healing—healing not only the flesh, but also the soul, the mind and the emotions of those with whom we come in contact, while remembering at all times that the tangible service we render to the sick and poor is perhaps the more reliable indicator of what we are doing for their souls. When we come upon the sick and reach out to them in prayer and service, may we remember you are there in them. Amen,