Posted: 11:22 am Friday, November 10th, 2017
By Staff Writer
This note was sent to me by the choir teacher at our local high school, Mr Allen. He was so influential in my daughter Shay’s life and obviously had a huge impact on Zachariah as well. I asked if I could share this as I celebrate all the things I’m thankful for:
“I’ve struggled to put my thoughts into words. Zach was one of the most unique kids I’ve ever known. He was strangely confident yet needing assurance all the time. He came to me as a creative and excited kid with some limited skills but a ton of energy and excitement. He wanted so badly to be a part of the groups and quickly became a class favorite! He was loved by everyone for sure.
One of the best things about Zach is that he was an encourager and helper to anyone. At times it was almost annoying because even when he wasn’t 100% on his OWN music he was offering to help others. Man, that’s a heart of gold! He would literally move next to people that were struggling and encourage them.
Zach was excited about rehearsals but he was a different kid when he was performing. There was a joy about him that came on as soon as he was on stage. Madrigal Feaste was clearly his thing. Costumes, stories, serving, acting . . . did I mention costumes? He loved it.
I saw Zach the week before school started. He was showing someone around the school. I didn’t see him at first but he yelled down the hall at me . . . . “Hey, Mr. Allen! How’s it going?” I turned around and he proceeds to introduce me as the “best teacher at SK”. Man, I didn’t think much about it at that point. It was just Zach’s encouraging spirit trying to lift ME up. What a gem.
I knew very little about Zach’s struggles. I wish I had known more. I wish I could have helped and been more available to him. I regret not taking more time to know his struggles.
I learned from Zach. I learned to be more encouraging. I learned to not take life for granted. I learned to not take my students for granted. I want to get to know my students more because of Zach. I value those kids that aren’t the “traditional” kids. They can have an outlet in choir as well as find a home in a school that is so big that kids can feel lost. I’m more focused on reaching those kids now.
I cannot imagine your pain but I also see your faith on display for the world to see. There is no way to ease the pain but knowing that Zach is in the arms of Jesus is a start. God works ALL THINGS together for good for those that love Him. Who knows what good is coming from this but God’s promises are true.”
Holiday Movie | The Star
You can’t miss this one!!!
I’ll be lending my voice in this adorable animated film! OK, Ok, so will Patricia Heaton, Kelly Clarkson, Kristin Chenoweth, and many others… but still, I’m excited!
From Sony Pictures Animation and Affirm Films, The Star follows a small but brave donkey named Bo, who is yearning for a life beyond his grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and heads out on the adventure of his dreams. He teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations.
Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow The Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas!
The Star is a joyful way for children and adults alike to experience the miracle of Christmas, the reason for the season, as folks might say. Make an afternoon or evening experience of it with a tour of Christmas lights and shared conversation about the baby in the manger and what a gift He was to the world.
In theaters November 17th!
Auction Opportunity | for KING & COUNTRY and Casting Crowns
The Glorious Christmas Tour
The group for KING & COUNTRY are on tour this holiday season with Grammy award-winning artists, Casting Crowns, and YOU could join them in Houston Texas for a once in a lifetime theatrical, dynamic, and moving Christmas time performance.
Presented by Compassion International, the tour will feature original hits from both groups, as well as brand new songs from upcoming Christmas albums, previous holiday recordings and Christmas classics.
for KING & COUNTRY, one of the most famous Christian groups in the world, have donated an unbelievable concert package to be auctioned off for Point Hope.
Watch for KING & COUNTRY’S version of Little Drummer Boy
Bid on the ultimate for KING & COUNTRY fan experience of a lifetime for two people. This package includes a meet & greet with the band, airfare, hotel stay, and two tickets to the Glorious Christmas Tour performance in Cypress, Texas at the Richard E. Berry Center on December 2nd.
- Two tickets to the 7:30pm show on Dec 2 at The Richard E. Berry Center in Cypress, TX (7:30p)
- Meet & Greet plus a photo with the band
- Airfare for two to Houston, TX
- Hotel for one nights (1 room, double occupancy)
Don’t miss your chance to claim this opportunity!
And please, tell your friends about the package at Auction Cause, because 100% of the winning bid goes straight to Point Hope. Our hope is that the children Point Hope supports can benefit the greatest from this gift.
Many thanks to for KING & COUNTRY, and many thanks to YOU!
Please note: All expenses, including transportation from hotel to the event, parking, and other miscellaneous expenses are the responsibility of the winning bidder and their guest!
Sweepstakes @ Delilah.com
There are two great sweepstakes running on my web page, Delilah.com, to kick off your holiday season.
I’ve teamed up with Balsam Hill and The Home Depot to bring you some great prizes! Head over to my Contest section and enter today!
From Tricks to Tinsel, A Mantle Makeover Giveaway
with Balsam Hill & Delilah
Delilah’s, The Home Depot Festive Christmas Decor Sweepstakes
Enter one or enter both at
All through the month of November, while my heart is large and sore, I am putting my energies into focusing on what I am thankful for.
I’m making posts on social media about this if you follow along there, but here, in my newsletter, it always comes back to one thing – You.
I am so very very grateful to you, my readers, my listeners, my faithful followers. You never fail to lift me up, to share something from your heart that heartens me, and to let me be a part of your lives. Such a gift.
Many blessings to you all,