Angels of the Lord

Early in 2012, when I first became aware that I had cancer, I had many conflicting thoughts. Both Ellen and I had mind-surpassing peace during the whole time; but at the same time, I became aware of my vulnerability and human weakness. One morning during March of that year, I meditated on a verse from the Psalms: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.”  (Psalm 34:7) As a response to my meditation, and to God’s speaking to me, I wrote this poem. Later, during my entire year of treatment, and during my time of recovery, I was very much aware of angels sent from God to minister to me during my sickness. They even visited me once during a radiation treatment, to sing to me! After all, are angels not “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation”? (Hebrews 1:14)

May you also remain open to visitations from the angels of the Lord to minister to you in your times of need.


 Lo, a sound like a gentle flowing breeze,

The melody of a peaceful, flowing stream

Voiceless voices lifting songs of praise

To the Lamb who sits upon the throne,

Lifting my soul from its distressing pit,

Overwhelming my fears with boundless love

Angels surrounding me with armor of praise

Turning away the fires that rage

Angels keeping watch over my bed of pain,

Angels dispelling the darkness around me,

Angels shouting “Freedom!” in the midst of my troubles

Messengers of God commissioned to release,

Ministers of God to serve His elect

Worshipers of God to give Him praise

Winds, Flame, to fulfill His Word!

Angels! Shutting the lions’ mouth!

Angels! Flames of God to quench the flames of hell!

Myriads of angels,

Masses from heaven,

Personal angels,

Guiding His chosen!

Hallelujah! Thine the glory!

Hallelujah! Amen.

                        David E. Ross  March 11, 2012

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5 Responses to Angels of the Lord

  1. Linda M. Paz says:

    I know that I know that I know Angels minister to us! Had a visitation one time and another in the hospital!! If we would only slow down and open our eyes to all that God has for us…! He is amazing!! Awesome word!!!

  2. mwhuntley says:

    Thank you for sharing these good, good thoughts, David. I don’t think Betts and I even knew you’d had cancer! He had his own brush with death, several times, in 2009, and his own encounter with angels too! Precious memories, and glad they are in the past at this point. We have got to keep in closer touch if things like this are happening and we each don’t know it about the other. Guess you have heard about Ron Dietrick’s passing last Friday after a long bout of Alzheimers. Bess is holding up very well, and seems full of faith. We are so glad we knew those two! Love to you and Ellen, always, Martha

  3. Sarah Jane MacKenzie says:

    Wow! So uplifting and encouraging! Would you mind if I use it sometimes in my Stephen Ministry or prayer team work? I will of course leave your name and the date on it; I always strive to give due credit when I use quotations, etc.

    I sure am glad, and thank the Lord, that you are over that chapter in your life, as I am in mine. It just seems strange that in the past 2-3 years so many people that I am close to and have known seemingly forever are having diagnoses of cancer of some sort. And thank the Lord again, nearly all are being diagnosed early and are recovering in due time.

    Thank you so much for sharing the message and the poem with us.
    Sarah Jane

  4. Hi Sarah Jane, Thanks so much for your encouraging words. Well, I guess that makes us both members of the community of the holy fire! Along with others. Glad to hear that most of them are recovering. Please feel free to use it any time; no need for credit. Love to all. David

    • Sarah Jane MacKenzie says:

      Thank you, David. And thank you for your blog. I always enjoy reading it and can always find something that speaks to me.

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