I believe it was the Friday just before Mother’s Day when Zac went in for a colonoscopy. That day he learned that he had a lemon-sized tumor. The next morning they did surgery and it wasn’t long before he learned the cancer was at a stage four status. There are only four stages.
I remember learning of the news by talking with my brother Jim, (Zac’s dad) and wept on the phone realizing this wasn’t going to be the news any of us wanted to hear. Immediately I began to mourn for my nephew. I couldn’t believe my 32 year old nephew had cancer. I remember a few days later getting a phone call from Zac. Just seeing his name on my cell phone seemed to affect me. It seemed surreal to be talking to a young man I know well and love much, yet feeling so helpless. There’s nothing to say, nothing to fix, simply being on the phone was going to be good enough. And it was.
Zac has served us all well by sharing his thoughts via his blog. He’s allowed us to read the journey as he is experiencing it. I would think it would be very easy to become very private and secluded, whether in sorrow, self pity or overwhelmed thoughts of the brevity of life. I can’t imagine all that Zac is experiencing, but I’m grateful that he is sharing parts of the story with us. On the side of this blog, you can find a link to his blog. Go and read it.
This Sunday, Zac will be speaking at Grace. This is huge. Zac is an excellent teacher, preacher, and thinker. Whatever you can do to be at Grace this week, it’ll be worth the effort. I’m trusting God for an amazing time together learning of the marvelous and amazing grace of God as seen and experienced through this young man’s life. We start at 10. For my Grace peeps, let’s be praying now for God’s Spirit to minister in a special way this Sunday.