Shout It Out-Zack’s 41st February 2021

Living on Memories

5 February 1980-2 July, 2015

Zack was born a happy healthy baby. His Dad, Steve and I, had said his name would be Zachariah Ian, but when I gave birth I thought he wouldn’t be able to spell it until he was 10!!! So we changed our minds and named him Zachary Ian. We often called him Zack. It has always suited him. Typical little boy except he preferred gaming to sports. He loved making potions with a science kit. He also loved aggravating his sister Rachel.

The last 10 years of Zack’s life, he spent as a Christian. I remember the day his Dad Steve, stepmom Kim, and myself were with Zack in Talladega, and he told us he had accepted Jesus. He was beaming from ear to ear. Kim had tears in her eyes. It changed his life. He still had some rough edges as Christians do. We aren’t changed overnight but little by little, glory to glory. It’s a life’s journey.

Psalm 138:8 NKJV The Lord will perfect all that concerns me Your mercy Lord endures forever…

This means the Lord won’t give up on us. We may never get to where we think we should be in our lifetime, but the Lord will take care of what we lack, before we step into heavens gates, where perfection reigns.

Zack’s memory lives on through his loved ones and friends. Some of his friends tell me Zack told them about Jesus and how he helped them. He’s the reason I started going to church. One day he came home from church with a loaf of fresh bread from church and was beaming as he stood in my kitchen. He began telling me about this church Word Alive. He glowed as he told me about the Presence of God there. It made an impression on me and I wanted some of that joy he had. I wanted to go back to church and be in the Presence of God. And I did. Praise God. The best decision I have ever made. I dedicated the rest of my life to God.

The love in our hearts for Zack, holds many memories that we can hold onto until we see him again. My daughter Rachel gave me a plaque after Zack’s memorial service which says:

Genesis 31:49 May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.

He is doing just that as He is healing the brokenhearted and binding up all their wounds.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up there wounds (healing their pain and comforting their sorrow).

So may the Lord watch between us who love Zack, and bless those reading this today, as we still celebrate Zack’s birth. I am grateful the Lord allowed Zack to be born into our lives, to touch our hearts and leave us fond memories.

I miss you Zack, maybe a little too much and sometimes too often. I love you. The memories of you I treasure, along with the pictures of you. You live on in the hearts of your family and loved ones. I thought about you today with love in my heart, that isn’t anything new. I thought about you yesterday and all the days before too. I think of you in silence and thank God for taking care of you now. Your memories are treasures in my heart. God is taking care of you, so I will hold you in my heart. I rest peacefully knowing you are in God’s great hands, doing God’s will. I am so happy you were born. Happy Birthday.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.