I saved this song choice for the last due to its significance. This song has been hands down the most influential song over the past year for me. Have you ever had a song that whenever you heard it, it took you back to that moment in time? Well, Matt Redman’s 10,000 reasons is one of those songs for me. I remember, the first Sunday John and I returned to church after the accident and this song was sung. As I worshipped that Sunday and sang this song, I felt so very close to my precious Jesus and close to Elizabeth knowing that she too is worshipping the King! It is this song we sang at Fischer’s 4th birthday celebration in October of 2012, I sang it on Hayes’ due date on January 1, 2013, again on Elizabeth’s 26th birthday in February, again on Easter morning at sunrise in the Salado cemetery, again on Ben’s 3rd birthday in April. I will sing it tomorrow on Tuesday, July 30th, the first anniversary of Elizabeth, Fischer, Benjamin and Hayes’ homegoing. I will once again worship and recall the amazing memory with a church full of hundreds of people raising our hands and voices and singing the words from the song:
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
Many that were in attendance that day have shared that they can’t hear this song without thinking about Lizz and the boys’ homegoing service. Neither can I. Singing this song from now till I am called up yonder, will be apart of every milestone I will travel on this journey.
Over the past year, I have embraced the phrases that “whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes” and “still my soul will sing your praise unending”.
I hope you join me and raise your voice, close your eyes, look at the face of our Lord, and worship!
Click to listen: 10,000 Reasons
Lastly, I am going to request for prayers for my family tomorrow and throughout the week. Please pray for peace that only he can provide. Comfort, that this is not the end, and hope. My family are survivors. We have proven that. I am convinced my family are also thrivers. The journey from July 31, 2013 forward will continue to illustrate that. And please pray for God’s grace. He always sends what we need at the right time. His grace is sufficient and he is faithful. AMEN!