The song of the angels

At first I wrote this poem in Dutch, but today I translated it into English so I can share it with all of you. I hope you like it!

The song of the angels

 In the moonlight of the dusk,
when the earth is silent,
I hear the angels sing,
on the melody of the nightingale.

When the sunlight wakes from her slumber,
the nightingale keeps silent in the moonlight,
but the song of the angels goes on,
where the hummingbird finds her nectar.

The sweet nectar makes the soul sing,
on the song of the angels,
so we can arise the earth from her ashes,
hand in hand with the hummingbird.

Just like seeds that spread on the wind,
to cover the earth with all that lives,
joy give birth to joy,
and peace finds a resting place in the soul.

But the song of the angels goes through all the ages,
and in the eye of the storm will be peace,
so the clanking swords fall silent,
and fire disappears in her ashes.

Then the earth will be dressed in peaceful green,
and all the nations will sing hand in hand,
the song of the angels.

Sea angels

It was in May 2016 when I stood at a beach in Normandy with my parents. The sky was grey and the wind was blowing. It was cold. Looking out across the Atlantic Ocean, something happened inside my soul. It felt as if the Holy Spirit was speaking to me. As if, for the first time in a long time, someone understood how I felt. I was not alone that day. Not only the Holy Spirit was with me, but I felt the presence of numerous angels around me. As if Heaven wanted to reassure me that I was not alone. There is someone who understands my heart and my emotions, even when I don’t understand it myself.

Although I am not fan of sunbathing at a crowded beach, or sunbathing in general, I do like to stroll across the beach. Especially on windy days when the beaches are mostly empty and you can only hear your own thoughts. I love seeing the outstretched beach and the endless ocean in front of me. No end and no beginning. It just is. Water is always moving. It never rests. Besides oceans I also love creeks and lakes. I remember as a child on summer holidays that we would spend our sundays at small creeks or lakes in Switzerland, France and Austria. The peace that these days brought to me, I will never forget. They now remain a very happy memory that I can visit whenever I want.

Water is happiness and peace but also turmoil. In the endless oceans often appear vortexes. today’s oceans are covered in plastic. So even though the ocean is a happy place full of wonder, imagine sea life, it is also a broken place. Maybe that is what connected me with the ocean that day in May. Maybe that is what the Holy Spirit tried to point out to me. Just like the sea being restless, so am I. An ongoing energy that can experience happiness and turmoil, I am broken. Restless. Not unhappy but a constant flow between the two.

That day my heart found a peaceful place where the Holy Spirit connected with me. The words He gave me still hold a special place in my heart. Every time I read it, I still feel that this is exactly how I feel. Restless. But the comfort that there is Someone who knows how I feel and understands it, it such a comfort! God knows how I feel. He understands it. When Jesus was on earth, He experienced the same feelings and emotions as every human being experiences them. So we can be assured that Jesus knows exactly how we feel. And sometimes we just have to be made aware of that. It is a good thing that we have the Holy Spirit to point it out to us once in a while. to point out that we are not alone and that our feelings and emotions in that particular moment are completely understood. life is broken, happy and in turmoil at the exact same time. But God knows how we feel. And that is an enormously gracious gift which God the Father gave us. Something to be thankful for.

These are the words that came to me that day:
Sea Angels

Something to remember with Christmas!

It is December and Christmas is right around the corner. Christmas is my favorite time of year. All the lights are just mesmerizing, great food and there is a scent of joy that fills the entire world. Christmas is pure joy to me. It is the only time of year when I don’t mind to spend a whole three days in the kitchen. Then there are christmas songs. I love christmas songs since they are always so cheerful. I play flute, as a hobby, and I can’t wait until November arrives and it is allowed to play christmas music again. This time of year makes me happy and I just want to enjoy it.

The joy of Christmas is undeniable. Not just to me but to many in the whole world. And yet there are two things important to remember.

The first thing to remember is loneliness. Loneliness? Yes, loneliness! There are so many people in the world that are alone with Christmas. Whatever reason there is, some people spend Christmas all by themselves. And that just makes me sad. Christmas is about togetherness. Of course, we want to spend Christmas with our family and loved ones, but what about those who have no loved ones? Or elderly people? We live in a fast-paced world, where we are so focused on ourselves that we can sometimes forget others. Maybe you know someone in your own surroundings, who is alone with Christmas. Is it an idea to invite them and give them a Christmas they will always remember?

There is also another loneliness. Christmas is usually spend with children. The joy of children when they get to open their gifts on christmas morning and stay up late to watch christmas movies and eating together with the family. Christmas is a magical time of year for children and it is a true joy for parents to watch that. But for people without children, who really want kids but never got them, it is a very painful time of year. Like I told you before, I have no children or a boyfriend/husband. Jesus does not want that in my life. And even though I am okay with that, it is also very difficult sometimes. You know, I don’t know if I would make such a good girlfriend/wife, but I would have been such a great mom. And I do miss it at times. With Christmas and New Year’s Eve I watch my three brothers and their families and I get choked up. If only life would have been a little different. As much as I love Christmas, not having children or someone to spend my life with is not always easy. But there are so many people like me. Moms who never became a mom. Dads who never became a dad. Wives who never became a wife. Husbands who never became a husband. It doesn’t matter how much family and how many friends you have, it is an absence that no one can fill. An absence that fills you with a loneliness at certain occasions like Christmas.Please do not forget the lonely hearted this holiday season!

The second thing that I think is important to remember this holiday season, is Jesus Christ. Presents, great food, Christmas trees and decorations, yes it is all a part of christmas but it is not the most important part of it. Christmas is about togetherness and giving and joy. But most of all it is about Jesus. Jesus who came to this world for us. A little baby in a manger, with shepherds in a field, angels singing about the coming of the Messiah and three wise men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh. It is about God the Father who loved the world so much that He gave is only Son, so we may have eternal life (John 3:16 in the bible). Let’s not forget that during Christmas.

And for the record, a Christmas tree, presents, great food and such things aren’t bad. Enjoy these things! I do to. Like I said, I love the lights, music and food. (We don’t do presents but I would have loved that too if we did!) All I am trying to say is not to forget what Christmas in the end is all about. Jesus is what makes Christmas…Christ-mas

A few years ago I wrote the next poem for Christmas. I hope you enjoy it!

The reality of Christmas

In advent weeks,
we buy a tree,
cover it with lights,
the decorations,
and candle light,
are a joyous fascination.
Many gifts,
in every size,
pile up underneath the tree,
with pretty bows,
and candy sticks,
it is our expectation.

Christmas is,
a feast of light,
but somehow more important,
is a table,
packed with food,
than a savior in a stable.
How can it be,
that our greatest gift,
is something bought in stores,
and not a Son,
who gave His life,
to open Heaven’s doors.

During Christmas,
every year,
my goal is to remember,
that Christmas is,
togetherness,
not just in December,
Love and peace,
for near and far,
given us,
that Christmas day.
A feast of light,
through Jesus Christ,
a baby born in hay.

 

Guardian Angel

Every human being has at least one. A guardian angel. A guardian angel is a personal angel that God gave you to protect you and help you. Psalm 91 tells us, “For He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways”. With He, the writer is referring to God. God tells His angels to guard us everywhere we go. Isn’t that comforting? Wherever we go, whatever we do, God commands His angels to watch over us. 

One of my favorite bible verses about angels is written in Matthew 18. In Matthew 18, Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom of Heaven by presenting a child as an example. Only if we become like children, we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus goes on to explain this, and right before He starts the parable of the wandering sheep, He says, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father in Heaven”. To me that is just precious. As angels guard God’s children, they are always in connection with the Father! To me this is one of my favorite verses. God is always with us and knows our every thought. He sends His angels to watch over us and He keeps contact with the angels continuously. God is literally in full control. God loves us so much that He is everywhere around us to make sure that we are okay. Isn’t that beautiful? But most of all, isn’t that hopeful! If there was once a moment where you thought that maybe God doesn’t hear your prayers. A thought that God doesn’t see you pain, then I hope that this verse takes that concern away. God knows you and sees you. He is there for you. Please believe that! Talk to Him and ask Him what you need. God hears you and He wants to help you!

There are numerous bible verses about God’s angels. There are many different stories of people being guided, protected and given a message by angels. All to give us hope.

Allow me to tell you two encounters I had with angels! The first took place about three years ago during a holiday. Me and my parents were going to a cafe to have a drink. There I saw a woman, I instantly recognized as an angel of God. It was just something I instantly knew. I could not stop looking at her because I found it so strange to see her. I kept thinking, what are you doing here? Besides, I remembered seeing her over ten years ago in another country. The funny thing was that she looked exactly the same, not a year older. With ten to fifteen years between two sightings,  I thought that was rather odd. It took me months to figure out her name but eventually God helped me to remember her. She was Muriel, archangel of God. She is the archangel of nature. As I was sitting outside the cafe, a few tables away from her, she suddenly looked me straight in the eyes. Normally when I am staring at people for too long, I get either a death-glare or a glare that asks me what is wrong with me. But Muriel didn’t. She gave me a smile that blew me away. Never before had I seen such kindness in someone. I could literally read the kindness in her eyes. I was blown away by it because she didn’t treat me like everybody else did. Her kindness was not of this world, it brought Heaven straight to my seat. After my parents and me finished our drinks, we left. Coincidently we came and left right at the same time. She disappeared after that. I could tell you a lot more things I noticed about Muriel but my blog would be endless if I would. That encounter however brought a certain peace in my heart that I didn’t know I needed! A peace that told me, “Everything is going to be ok”.

The second encounter was a little while later. It was night and I was basically asleep. Suddenly I woke up. Well I wasn’t fully awake. My body was asleep but my eyes were open. It felt like sleeping but with my eyes wide open. An angel of fire was right in front of me. She was made entirely out of fire. The fire was yellow and orange colored and it didn’t burn. There was no heat coming off of her. I could have easily touched her without burning myself. It is quite difficult to explain really, but I felt in my heart that she was an angel of God. She was also small. Not longer than half a meter long.
She kep telling me to wake up. She said, “Gineke wake up! Wake up Gineke, you have to wake up”! It took me a little while to realize what she was saying but quickly I woke up. As I blinked my eyes to wake up, she was gone. Why God wanted me to wake up is not fully clear to me, but I believe God protected me that night. This angel also radiated kindness and friendliness.

It is about this last encounter that I wrote a poem. With this poem I would like you to know that angels watch over you as well. God loves you and He gave you a guardian angel from the day you were born. This angel is always with you to protect you. I hope this will give you peace in your life. And the hope that love is always around you wherever you go. God never let’s you go. His angels are, on His command, always watching over you! Never forget that!

Here is the poem:

Guardian angel

A woman who floats on the wind.
Her fire doesn’t burn me,
instead it gently soothes my soul.
Our eyes are connected,
and for one single moment,
the world stands still.

My deep slumber is interrupted,
by the fire of her worried heart.
“Awaken,
God child, wake up”!

In earnestness her fire lights up.
In loving worry her heart burns.
Darkness is lurking in the distance,
but the Light keeps my safe.

So in the stationary time,
where Heavenly spirits meet the earth,
vigilance is a shared reality.
And in one breath,
it sets in.

The dawn breathes,
the fresh air of life,
where nightmares can’t touch me.
But the morning hasn’t arrived,
and the moon still shows the night.

There under the stars,
the Lion guards with the Lam,
and me…with my guardian angel.