This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Friday, September 3, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let us not envy the wicked,
nor make friends with them.
—For their hearts spawn lies
and their lips bring trouble. (Prov, 24:1&2)
Your law is better than silver and gold, O Lord! (Ps. 118:93)
And I say, now it begins;
this is a change in the right hand of the Most High.
I called to mind the works of the Lord—
and I will remember all his wonders from the beginning
and consider all your works
and study all you have done.
O God, your way is among the holy.
What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who works wonders,
revealing your might to the nations.
By your arm you redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and feared
and the depths were roiled—
a great roar of water.
The clouds gave voice
as your arrows flashed.
The sound of your thunder was everywhere,
your lightening lit up the world.
The earth leapt and was made to tremble.
You way went through the sea
and your paths through surges of water,
and your footsteps could not be known.
You guided your people like sheep
at the hands of Moses and Aaron.
From St. Basil’s Homily on Humility, sec. 5.
If you see your neighbor doing something wrong, do not consider only his sin. Reflect on all the good he has done and continues to do. It is often the case that, when you take everything into consideration and not limit your judgment to only partial information, that you will discover he is better than you. In truth, not even God judges people on partial information, for he says, “I am coming to gather their works and their thoughts.” (Isaiah 66:18) And when he rebuked Jehoshaphat one time for a sin committed in an unguarded moment, he also remembered the good things he accomplished, saying, “Nevertheless, some good things have been found in you.” (II Chron. 19:3)
Most Holy Spirit, as we picture you with two outspread wings may we always remember that you are the Spirit of truth (John 14:17). May we always know accurately what is wrong, that we may correct it; and equally what is right, that we might preserve it. Help us to discern the threads of both in our lives and not to judge rashly or with bias, but with your guidance. Amen.