The Beauty of Angelic Ministrations

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.

“Are [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Heb. 1:14, NKJV).

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Have you ever sensed the presence of angels?

46 thoughts on “The Beauty of Angelic Ministrations

  1. Wow this is highly interesting. Such a marvelous composition can only be inspired by the love of GOD. And that was a really wonderful story your mother-in-law shared with you about the singing Angles she had heard. It’s definitely not something you hear every day and there could not be a more blessed sound for anyone to hear with the good Ears that the Almighty has given us, except for maybe the crying of a newborn haha

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      1. Hahaha yes exactly pata, me too. I already know what it’s like to hear an Angel speak (😉😉), but the experience of singing angles must be as unforgettable as much as it will be incredible — even life-changing.

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      2. That is so sweet of you my friend; I am beyond greatful for your prayers 🙌😇. Your benevolence and cheerful heart never ceases to exhilerate me with warmness 💙

        I wish likewise for you and yours as well, and that GOD keeps being the anchor and shepard to you and all whom are dear and precious to you, so that you all may have a merry and marvelous Christmas together 🙏🎄🌟.

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      1. I sure do get you on that one, Barb. My daughter also has heard God speak audibly quite a number of times, but I never have. She also saw a vision of heaven when she was just ten. I have had those same “jealous” feelings, but the Lord keeps emphasizing to me that He likes it that I am listening when He speaks super softly, so He doesn’t have to get loud for me to hear! So, I accept that. But I sure would still be glad to see and hear those sights and sounds!

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  2. When I was eighteen years old I traveled to Quito, Ecuador alone, to serve as a short-term missionary for four and a half months. (I taught preschoool and kindergarten to MKs.) The trip required a change of planes and an overnight in Panama. I had only flown once in a little Piper Cub, and had never traveled outside the country. Needless to say, this journey provided challenges, but all along the way God provided people to help me–seven to be exact–when I ran into difficulty. I always wondered if they weren’t angels!

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    1. Wow, what a special, special memory, Nancy! I spent a month in Quito myself on missions, at exactly that same age (with Teen Mania). I love the thought that your helpers could have been angels. Wouldn’t be surprising!

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  3. So glad you shared those verses truly wonderful. Angels? Yes I have seen angels twice. Once before my husband went on a mission trip. There were 2 that were taller than our house. It was during the day and I remember seeing the bottom half of their bodies and thinking “wow they are huge and thanking God for His angels of protection and keeping the team and us at home safe”. It’s been many years ago, but it is something I have never forgotten.

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  4. Wow, how beautiful to hear the angels. I often pray that believers who are in prison and other hard circumstances can hear the heavenly music to encourage them, maybe even see the angels in the cell with them.
    I remember singing this song with my harp for a Christmas gathering of a grief support group. I knew jolly, rockin’-around-the-Christmas-tree songs wouldn’t be appropriate for people who just lost a loved one, so I chose my songs carefully. This one was definitely fitting.

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