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.
ANGELS OF THE LORD
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,
Guiding His chosen!
Hallelujah! Thine the glory!
David E. Ross March 11, 2012