I came across this story of young man with cancer. He died a couple of days ago, but not without leaving a song, some reflections and lot of life behind. – Pastor Tim

From Christianity Today: Gleanings

Zach Sobiech, the Christian teen whose song “Clouds” recently reached 3 million YouTube views, died yesterday surrounded by family at his home in Lakeland, Minnesota. He was 18.

Sobiech was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer at age 14. In 2012, after being told he had months to live, he recorded and released his song about facing death, which caught the attention of People, a New York record label, and Soul Pancake, Office actor Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel. Earlier this month, Wilson led a group of celebrities in a lip-synching tribute.

“I want to be remembered as a kid who went down fighting and didn’t really lose,” says Sobiech in a short documentary, “My Last Days,” produced this month by Soul Pancake. “You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.”

“It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son Zachary David Sobiech,” his family said in a statement yesterday. “Our family has been blessed not only by his amazing presence in our lives, but also by the love and support of our family and friends and by so many people in the community. In particular we’d like to thank those people who listened with their hearts and helped Zach bring his message and his music to the world.”

Tributes have poured in from Japanese high schoolers and the PS22 Chorus, and digital sales of “Clouds” and Sobiech’s other songs have raised more than $100,000 for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

According to an extended profile in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the Sobiechs are devout Catholics. “When Zach was first diagnosed, I remember thinking: ‘God can see us. We’re not just plugging along, living our lives,’ ” mother Laura Sobiech told the Pioneer Press. “I told God, ‘You can have him, but it had better be good. It had better be something big.’ ”

Laura Sobiech told radio station KTIS:

“It’s been a gut-wrenching and heart-breaking walk, but you know, so was Christ’s life. I have just really tried to hang on to how Christ showed us to suffer and just meditate on that….and continually pray for God’s grace. And I know that’s what it is. It’s all of these prayers of people out there holding us up.”

One Reply to “Clouds”

  1. The Brevity of Life. — After viewing Zach’s story here and watching the extended 22 min version on U-tube and reflecting on Jennifer (Mc Minnus’s-) Amazing perception on Life ((You have to see the May 5th ,5 min blog)), we’re reminded of the brevity of life. – James ch 4:14 says, Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. –The meaning and application for this is : Life is short no matter how many years we live. Don’t be decieved into thinking that you have lots of remaiming time to live for Christ, to enjoy your loved ones, or to do what you know you should. Live for God today!. Then, no matter when your life ends, you will have fullfilled God’s plan for you. — What is the purpose of life?. It is that we should revere the all powerful God. To revere God means to respect and stand in awe of of him because of who he is. Purpose in life starts with -Whom – we know, not what we know or how good we are. It is impossible to fulfill your God given purpose unless you revere God and give him first place in your life. —- seeing these two stories reminds us of that brevity of life. — Years ago when I was dealing with a malignant brain tumor,and facing an unkown future, I realized how Fragile life is and how precious each day is. This brief temporal earthly life is just the journey and not the destination. Please read 2nd Corinthians 4: v 13 – 18. Then the next chapter over, 5 v 7 says we live by – Faith – and not by sight. – So, it is – Essential – to keep an Eternal Perspective !. — Jennifer ( in that May 5th blog) said : she was afraid of death but not of dying, scared of missing out of life, and lists a number of heartfelt valid reasons. She goes on to say that : I trust that God’s plan is perfect, cancer has made this more real and made the Gospel more real. She says : I know where I am going when I die. She does mention regrets… finds Hope in the Promise of a life lived Focus… Joy because of the Gospel… and Excitement that at the end of the day whether she lives or dies — God Wins !. Now that’s an Eternal Perspective!. — Well, right now in our congregation we have two separate families dealing with similar situations like Zack’s and Jennifer’s. And to see that they are living by Faith and not by Sight is a humbling and courageous example for All of Us to remember and follow when our crisis will come. —- hmmm… something to ponder… Sincerely and Joyfully, Trevor Buss [all scripture and applications taken from zondervan niv life application bible]

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