This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, November 27, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
New lyrics with a new melody and a happy heart,
the fruit of a well-trained tongue!
—The first fruits of the lips
from a good and devoted heart!
These protect a person from evil. (PsSol 15:3&4a)
Raise a shout of joy for the Lord, all the earth,
serve the Lord gladly,
enter before him with glee.
Realize that the Lord is God.
He made us, and not we ourselves—
his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with gratitude,
his courts with hymns.
Acknowledge him and praise his name.
For the Lord is kind—
his mercy is for the ages,
his truth is for generations of generations.
From a letter by Basil, #22, styled On the Perfection of Solitary Life
Many things are presented by inspired Scripture as binding upon all who are anxious to please God. But, for the present, I have only deemed it necessary to speak by way of a brief reminder concerning the questions which have recently been raised among you, in so far as I have learned from the study of inspired Scripture itself. In this way I will leave behind me detailed evidence, easy to grasp, information for industrious students who, in their turn, will be able to teach others. The Christian’s attitude should be worthy of his heavenly calling, and his life and conversation ought to be worthy of the Gospel of Christ. The Christian should not have a scattered mind nor be drawn away by anything from the constant awareness of God, and of his purposes and judgments. In all things the Christian should become superior to the righteousness existing under the law, and neither swear nor lie. He should not speak evil (Titus 3:2), act out violently (1 Timothy 2:13), fight; (2 Timothy 2:24), avenge himself (Romans 12:19), to return evil for evil (Romans 12:17) or get angry (Matthew 5:22). The Christian ought to be patient (James 5:8), no matter what he has to suffer, and to convince the one who does wrong appropriately (Titus 2:15), not with the desire of his own vindication, but of his brother’s reformation (Matthew 15:18), according to the commandment of the Lord.
O Lord of deliverance, come to our aid for no one but you can provide our ultimate security. You are the one who saves us, and we call to you, not only for ourselves, but for all in need of deliverance from whatever threatens them, physical or spiritual. Satisfy all who yearn for you, and provide a bountiful harvest, fields with all kinds of crops, so that fresh gratitude may spring up in us as well. Amen.