8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”—The words from Luke 2:8-14
In the Scripture passage above, I have always wondered what that chorus of angels sounded like. In my imagination, I hear a sound so sweet, so perfect, so powerful, yet so gentle, that my mind can barely conceive of it.
Every once in a while, I hear a human voice that seems transcendent. Such is the case with the soloist in this video. Will you please take a moment to watch it. Then, I will share with you the rest of the story.
The soloist is Evangelyna Etienne, a student at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. In this video, recorded December, 2010, she is accompanied on the organ by my dear friend, Nathan Skinner. Even though I did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, as I watch this video, Evangelyna has one of those voices that triggers a response deep in my imagination. She has the voice of an angel.
And now, Evangelyna has joined the heavenly choir. For on September 11, 2011, she lost a two-year battle with cancer. One day past her 21st birthday, Jesus welcomed Evangelyna to her heavenly home.
To her many, many friends, God has given them the gift of knowing her and of having her magnificent, vivacious, enthusiastic life touch their lives. In mourning their loss of her presence with them, I pray that they will remember the sound of her angelic voice. For some great day, we will all hear her voice once more, when we reach the heavenly shore.
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, God for loving us. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to be our Savior. Thank You for giving us the gift of music. And, thank you for allowing us the privilege of still hearing the voice of one of your precious and dearly loved children through this video.
Please grant comfort to Evangelyna’s family and friends. Speak through the power of Your Holy Spirit, that all who watch this video may hear Your voice through her powerful singing. Even as she gave You her talent and ability, give to her eternal rest in the arms of her Savior. We pray in the Name of Jesus who always comforts us in our hour of sorrow and need. Amen.