“Who got the last word, oh, Death?
Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now?” 1 Corinthians 15
It is a sad sad day. Today I am passing on a message from Kay Zorn who has served on our Board of Directors for many years. If you were at the last conference, she is the one who was healed as Mahesh spoke out the word of knowledge concerning shingles. She was instantly healed and no longer needed the pain medications she had been taking regularly! Her husband Al grinned from ear to ear as he saw his wife be miraculously touched by God. He had a great spot to watch too, as he was the man running our sound board for the conference. Below is her message:Alan R. “Al” Zorn, age 54, a resident of Naperville since 1988, formerly of Chesterton, IN, died Friday, November 22, 2013 at Edward Hospital in Naperville after a brief illness. He was born June 21, 1959 in San Diego, CA.Beloved husband of Kay C. (nee Olson) Zorn, whom she married May 29, 1982, loving father of Heather (Matt) Long of Plainfield, IL, Becca and Aaron Zorn of Naperville, adored Pop-Pop of Abbey and Owen Long, devoted son of Robert “Bob” Zorn of Huntley and the late Elizabeth “Betsy” (nee Haviland) Zorn, dear brother of Jim (Lia) Zorn of Aurora, IL and Mary Beth Zorn (Troy Wilhelmson) of St. Paul, MN, brother-in-law of Dale Olson of Ann Arbor, MI and Mark (Michelle) Olson of Valparaiso, IN, fond uncle of many.Al moved from town to town growing up due to his father’s service in the U.S. Navy. As a teen he settled in Chesterton, IL where he met his high school sweetheart, Kay and was a 1977 graduate of Chesterton High School. Al went on to graduate from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN with an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and was employed for over 30 years with Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies/Alcatel-Lucent from which he retired in 2013. He was currently employed with Layer 7 Technologies, Vancouver, BC. Al was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville where he served as a sound engineer.Visitation Tuesday, November 26, 3:00-9:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville, IL.Funeral Services Wednesday, November 27, 10:30 A.M. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1310 Shepherd Dr., Naperville.Interment: Naperville Cemetery, Naperville.A luncheon reception will follow at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials to: HUB Ministries, 1434 Keele Dr. Carpentersville, IL 60110 or hubministries.org. See DONATIONS page on website. HUB is a registered 501©3 ministry.847-401-8554For info. please visit www.friedrich-jones.com
We weep with Kay and her family today. But just for a season. Death clearly does not have the last word here. O death where is your sting? Oh that’s right. Your sting is gone. The sting of death has been removed. Jesus conquered the grave, sin and death at the cross.
When I left Al’s bed side hours before he passed into heaven, I held his hand one last time and said, “Al, I’ll see you in a little bit.” When I said it, I meant that I’d see him the next day, but he was gone hours later. That is the message of the cross, isn’t it? Because Jesus removed sin from us and the penalty for our sin was taken care of at Calvary we get to look a believer in the eye and say “I’ll see you in a little bit” and know for sure that we really will see them in a little bit.
It may look like Al is gone, but the truth is that he is very much alive today and he eagerly awaits seeing his family and friends soon.