For Josh and Robbyn Blick, having the opportunity to spend 10 days with their newborn son was a life-changing blessing. Because it was a miracle Zion Blick even made it to this earth, the Blick family was dedicated to learning from him during the time he was here.
Throughout the 10 days, the couple not only documented the precious moments they had with their new son, but they also testified of God's love, their knowledge of life after death and of the impact Zion made on all who met him.
"My sweet precious Zion, you are my gift. Every breath you took was a moment to inhale the perfection of God's beauty. Every beat of your heart was a measure of love. You listened when you heard your daddy's voice, and you turned your eyes his way. I kissed your face a million times, and I wish I could give you a million more," Robbyn said in a Vimeo video posted three days ago.
"You have brought us all together, and you shine God's glory. I knew you'd be a fighter, and I am so proud of you my son."
In a feature on The Blaze, Robbyn explained that their family learned early on in her pregnancy that Zion had trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome. This chromosomal condition creates abnormalities in parts of the body, and the Blick family soon discovered that Zion had a heart defect.
Although she knew Zion would not live long, if at all, Robbyn shared that the Blick family always had hope and prayed for the best.
"Our choice is always life and giving him a chance," Robbyn told TheBlaze.
Throughout her pregnancy, Robbyn post online about their situation, and doctors continued to be surprised by the progress Zion made. Then on Jan. 11, 2014, a miracle happened for Josh, Robbyn and their four boys; Zion was born at 4 pounds, 7 ounces.
And his size didn't hinder the impact Zion had on his family.
"I want you to know that you didn't have to be big and tall or even loud for us to notice you," Josh, a pastor at Alpine Chapel in Illinois, said in the video. "You didn't have to stand in front of a pulpit or write a book to capture our attention. You just did. In fact, you did more in your 10 days on earth than I could ever hope to. This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do. But I want you to know that I'm so proud of you."
Breathing eventually became difficult for Zion, and he died on Jan. 21, 2014.
Throughout the Vimeo video, friends and family members are shown coming to meet Zion. Josh and Robbyn, along with their sons, smiled and celebrated their newest addition. Most of all, they shared how he changed them.
"He brought me closer to Jesus and displayed the glory of our Heavenly Father to me in so many ways," the family said in a message on video. "He makes heaven a little closer to my heart. ... Your love for him reminds me daily now what we are living for. Thank you for sharing him with us."
On the day of Zion's funeral, Robbyn posted a scripture online, 2 Corinthians 4:18: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
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