This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Friday, August 26, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

9 August

An Invitation to Prayer

Bless the Lord, ice and cold,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

—Bless the Lord, frost and snow,

sing to him and acclaim him gloriously forever.

(Daniel 3:69&70)

Psalm 123(124)

Let Israel say, “If the Lord had not been with us!”

If the Lord had not been with us

when people rose up against us,

they would have swallowed us alive.

When their fury was stoked against us,

the flood would have drowned us,

and our life sucked into the torrent.

Blessed be the Lord who has not given us

as prey to their teeth.

Our life has been rescued like a sparrow

from the trap of the hunter;

the trap is broken and we are saved.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

who made heaven and earth!

From Basil’s homily on Psalm 14, sec. 6:

There are those who want more of everything and see begging as a way to exploit others and as a cover for shameless self-indulgence. That’s why those entrusted with the care of the poor had to solicit funds so that from these funds a prudent and well-regulated distribution could be made with an eye to real need. The sick often have a need for wine, but not everyone can estimate how often, how much and what kind. Similarly, not everyone can provide care for those in need in a good way.

A Prayer

Perhaps I forget the many times when I was rescued from some misfortune or other, when I found new strength after I thought I could go on no farther, when I felt so drained I thought I had nothing more to give, only to find—in a seemingly miraculous way—recovery, strength and more than enough with something to spare.  May your Holy Spirit bring memories of such grace often to me so that I may be ever grateful for your kindness always. Amen!