This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, December 4, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Let the heavens rejoice from above,
and the clouds rain down righteousness!
And let the earth bring forth mercy,
and righteousness along with it. (Isaiah 45:8 Septuagint) –O come, let us welcome it!
I have hated twisted thoughts,
but I love your law.
You are my shelter and my shield, I have hoped for your word.
Get away from me you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God. Support me as you promised and I shall live;
and do not embarrass me for my hope.
Uphold me and I will be saved,
and I will continually look into your decrees. You trample all those who abandon your statutes, for their fantasy is a lie.
You discard as trash all sinners on earth,
and so I love your ordinances.
My flesh shudders with awe of you,
and I fear your judgments.
A reading adapted from Basil’s, On the Human Condition
Consider how you were molded. Ponder the workmanship of nature. God is your midwife. May what is molded by God not be defiled by evil, not altered by sin. May you not fall from the hand of God. You are a vessel divinely shaped, having come into existence from God. Give glory to your creator, for you came into existence for no other reason except to be an instrument fit for the glory of God. And for you this whole world is, as it were, a book that proclaims the glory of God, announcing in its pages the hidden and invisible greatness of God to you who have a mind for grasping truth. So remember everything that has been said.
O Father in heaven, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of your Word into this world by his taking on human nature in a human body made from the same dust as our ancient ancestor Adam, and yet remaining eternally God with you, let us become more aware that this incarnation has bestowed upon our lowly dust the glory of the divine indwelling. Let us be mindful of our humanity and all the opportunities it provides, and see in every person, made of the dust, our true brother and sister. Amen!