This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Wednesday, December 7, 2022
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Thus says the Lord of Host,
in just a little while I will shake
the heavens and the earth,
the sea and the dry land;
I will shake all the nations
and the wealth of all the nations shall come. (Haggai 2:6)
–So come, let us adore him!
Teach me the way of your precepts, O Lord,
and I will keep them to the end.
Make me understand and I will keep your law,
and I will keep it with my whole heart.
Guide me on the path of your commandments,
for that is my delight.
Turn my heart to your testimonies,
and not to avarice.
Avert my eyes from looking at foolish things,
by your way give me life.
Set your word before your servant
who respects you.
Remove the disgrace that I dread,
for your commandments are good.
See how I long for your commandments,
enliven me in your righteousness.
A reading from Basil’s, On the Human Condition
And the Lord said, “Let them rule,” not “let them be angry, and lustful and jealous,” for the passions are not included in the image of God, but reason is the master of the passions. As soon as you are created you are also made a ruler. “Let them rule.” When receiving authority from the governor for one year–as a human from a human, as a mortal from a mortal–one receives it from someone who really doesn’t possess it, for what authority does a human possess innately? But you did receive authority from God, not written on paper, but inscribed on your nature by the Divine Voice, “Let them rule.” This faculty to rule was given immediately upon the decision to create, so you are meant to rule. Then why do you become a slave to your passions? For what reason do you make yourself a slave of the devil? If you do so, you renounce the nobility of your own nature.
A Prayer based on Haggai 1:5
Set my heart, Lord, to consider your ways. You have given me much and I have returned so little. You have given me a lot, but I still want more. You have given me plenty, but it is not enough for me. You have wrapped me in your love, but I neglect it. You have given me my wages, but I squander them. So set my heart, Lord, upon your ways! Amen!