The musical group Il Divo had it correct when then sang, “Come and rejoice, what was lost is found.”

Truly, where did we misplace our faith? Which day did we forget what being a good and descent human being was all about. Humanity as a whole may have come very close to throwing it all away, but little by little we are taking it back again.

So come and rejoice, come and sing, come and cheer out the glad tidings and think- what was lost is found.

We approach the end of another year, a year that has been full of ups and downs for everyone. Loved ones have died, careers have come to a close, people have been left with great uncertainty.

But there have also been things that everyone can be joyous about. The meeting of new friends, the birth of a new family member, the marriage to a loved one.

So maybe you didn’t get that new car you wanted. So perhaps you didn’t go on that trip your desired. But in this year there were things that made you smile, made you laugh, made you remember what living was all about. In times when you came so close to throwing it all away, a blessing was there to help you get your joy back again.

So come and rejoice, come and sing, come and cheer out the glad tidings and think- what was lost is found.

We all have blessings that we count that we can rejoice over.

In my case for instance, it was the start of a new chapter in a new position in new communities that I have found so much to be in awe over and knowing that my family loved and supported me to let me make this journey.

Ok, I’m going to go back into my teacher mode for a moment....POP we go.....

What is something you can rejoice for? Count all the blessings you have.

See that wasn’t so bad was it? I think about it like that song from Berlin’s White Christmas,

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”

So is your bankroll getting small? That’s ok just think of when you had none at all, just fall asleep counting all of your blessings.

This year I think we all have lost something, and I don’t mean physically either, I think we have lost, at some point or another, one of those four major elements in our lives: hope, joy, love, or peace.

I know I have lost my peace during this year, I came close to losing my hope. But I’m taking them back again. What about you?

So count your blessing, So come and sing, come and cheer out the glad tidings. Come and rejoice- what was lost is found.

K. William Boyer is the editor of Washington County News and Holmes County Times Advertiser. He can be reached at 850-638-0212 ext 4006 or by emailing