Sunday, May 30, 2010
My 91-year-old Mom called on Friday evening, excited about a wonderful traveling high school band that put on a Memorial Day program at the military retirement community where she lives. They played the old Glen Miller favorites from her era, like In the Mood. At the end of the show, they sung the fight songs of the three branches of military service, honoring those who fought and sacrificed much for our freedom. The teens put on a terrific show and there was a synergy that moved between the youth and the elders.
Mom thought of me when she saw the evening program. It had a special prayer.
"We pray that:
Angels before you guide and direct you.
Angels behind you watch over and bless you.
Angels beside you care for, comfort, and
The Light of God surround you
The Love of God enfold you
The Power of God protect you
The Divine Presence of God be with you.
The Peace of God be in your heart.
Wherever you are, God is and all is well."
The prayer is a wonderful reminder that we are always in the company of Angels. Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, gave an interesting reading for a young man who miraculously survived a close brush with death on the battlefield in World War I. Although wounded, the man was physically helped off the battlefield by an angel. The man later asked about the meaning of this angelic encounter in a reading with Edgar Cayce.
"In the angel stooping on the field, in the walking through the garden with the shadow...the entity was being guided, or guarded, or protected, that that as had been promised from the foundations of the world would be to each individual, "If ye will be my people I will be thy God." He that walketh in the light, and purposes in his heart to do, be that which the Creative Forces would have one be, shall not be left alone! for...His arm, His hand, will direct thy ways." In his book, Cayce on Angels, Archangels and Unseen Forces, Robert Grant tells us that in this reading God's arm and hand are the angels who are our constant companions and guardians through life.
Today let us salute the brave soldiers who serve or have served in our Armed Forces as well as all the guardian angels who serve right along beside them. Thanks, Dad.