Dear Friends, I have to confess I have experienced pangs of grief and pain amidst the joyous cheer and anticipation of Christmas this whole month of December. I grieve for dear friends who have lost their loved ones during the Christmas season. I have cried thinking about how much those loved ones are missed…
And yet, grieving for the loss of a loved one is a reality of life from which we cannot escape…
Then I heard 10,000 Joys sung at church yesterday, and my heart was encouraged greatly by the words “… ten thousand joys — enough to last through all the years; And joy to shine through all my tears — ten thousand joys!”
This Christmas, may the ten thousand joys brought forth by the Christ Child will overshadow the grief you feel when you miss and think of your loved ones who have gone on before you — with the assurance that in Christ, you will be reunited at the other side of heaven. Hugs and blessings to you.
Standing here beside the manger, looking at this little Stranger,
Wondering if He’ll be like other boys?
Looking down across tomorrow, knowing there will be some sorrow,
I still know He’ll bring ten thousand joys!
When I am alone with Jesus, in the quiet where no one sees us,
Or when He is with me in life’s lows,
If I speak, I know He’ll hear me and to know that He is near me
Always bring to me ten thousand joys!
I know He came from God to save us from our sins,
And that He came to set His people free.
But how was I to know when Jesus came into my life,
That God’s own Son had come to bring to me…
Ten thousand joys! Sweet Son of God You came to me!
And my heart sings because I know that You are mine!
In you I find ten thousand joys—enough to last through all the years,
And joy to shine through all my tears: Ten thousand joys!