My nephew Zachary James Smith, died today @ 3:05 pm. One year ago, the day before Mother’s Day, he learned he had stage 4 colon cancer. I have a feeling I’ll have a few things to say about Zac over the next few days and weeks. A couple of weeks ago he called and asked my to give the eulogy at his funeral. But tonight I simply want to say, a very dear friend of mine died. He left this world and joined Jesus in the next.
Tonight I went to the NewSpring service alone. Most of the family went this morning while I stayed behind with Zac and Mandy. I loved every minute of my day. As we arrived at his house, I couldn’t believe I had the chance to speak with him one more time. More on that later, maybe.
As I walked into NewSpring, I suddenly realized how surreal this was going to be. To be at Zac’s church, without Zac. There’s really no reason I would ever be in Anderson, South Carolina, or NewSpring Church, or know a handful of amazing people who I now know because of Zac. I sat in the back and wept through most of the service. This one time, I kinda liked the idea of being alone. The music, the memories of walking around the campus and the auditorium with Zac. This is only my 3rd visit to this place, but I’ve felt a sweet connection with this part of Zac’s life. I really wanted to walk upstairs to his office and see his coworkers and say hi. I wanted to walk to where his desk was. But I didn’t. I’m grateful for the memories of Zac throughout that place of worship and work. I’m grateful for the many people that made that a special place for Zac.
My thoughts are many tonight. But for now, let me just say, Zac was not just a nephew that I loved, he was a friend. A really good friend. I already miss my friend.