This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
God grants people knowledge
to glory in his mighty works.
—And so the doctor eases pain,
and the druggist prepares his medicines.
Let us thank God with praise! (Sirach 38:6-8)
All look to you
to provide them food at the right time.
You give it to them and they gather it,
and when you open your hand
everyone is filled with your kindness.
But when you turn away your face
You take away their spirit
and they disappear
and return to their dust.
You send out your spirit
and they are created
and you renew the face of the earth.
Let the Lord’s glory be forever,
let the Lord be glad in his works—
who looks upon the earth and makes it tremble,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord while I live,
make music to him while I exist.
May my declaration be pleasing to him
and I will rejoice in the Lord.
May sinners disappear from the earth with the criminals,
so that they exist no more.
From Basil’s Long Rules, question 55:
Because medicine might fail to help, we should not put all our hope for relief from our distress in it, but we should rest assured that the Lord will not allow us to be tried beyond our endurance. Just as in his days the Lord sometimes made a mud paste, applied it and prescribed washing it off at Siloam, yet on other occasions he was content simply to give a command to be healed, and on others still he left some to struggle with their afflictions, making them more deserving of a reward for their trial. And so it is with us. Sometimes he heals us secretly, without visible intervention, when he thinks that is the best treatment for our soul; and sometimes he wants us to use tangible remedies for our ills, either to instill in us an enduring memory of the favor we have received by the length of time the cure takes, or—as I have said—to provide a model of proper care for the soul.
Help me understand, to the bottom of my heart, that your favors may not be an endorsement of a person’s worthy in your eyes, but simply your reaching out to others through them. Amen.