I stumbled upon these additional verses to “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” I had never heard them before. I can’t get over how beautiful they are, so I have to share them with you.
Still through the cloven skies they come
with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats
o’er all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains,
they bend on hovering wing,
and ever o’er its Babel sounds
the blessed angels sing.
And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way
with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
and hear the angels sing!
For lo! the days are hastening on,
by prophet seen of old,
when with the ever-circling years
shall come the time foretold
when peace shall over all the earth
its ancient splendors fling,
and the whole world send back the song
which now the angels sing.
Is that not just exquisite? Let’s have a selah moment and let that anointed loveliness sink deep into the marrow of our bones…
It’s a perfect example of how our loving Father gives us beauty for the sake of beauty itself. He delights in beautiful things, and He delights in sharing them with us. This week, let’s be on the lookout for beauty. He places it all around us, just for the joy of seeing our hearts smile and our faces light up with enjoyment. And at Christmastime, there are extra measures of it all around.
By the way, speaking of angelic music, my mother-in-law tells me that she has heard angels singing. She was out on the property of our Missions School at nighttime, praying. Then she heard them, and the sound caused her to cry with the aching loveliness of it. As she described it to me, tears moistened her eyes and awe illuminated her face.
The angels really are here with us. They minister to us at the Father’s orders. I am convinced that their presence is part of the beauty of Christmas.
Have you ever sensed the presence of angels?