Makenzie’s Web

Makenzies WebA friend of ours was pondering the amount of people that Makenzie’s life affected.  Realizing that the number was in the thousands, she said, “Makenzie had a web of influence that was beautiful and reached around the world.  It’s Makenzie’s Web.”

It reminded me of the delightful exchange between the spider, Charlotte, and the pig, Wilbur, in the classic story, “Charlottes Web.”

Charlotte: Wilbur… we’re born, we live, and when our time comes, we die. It’s just a natural cycle of life.
Wilbur: No! Just climb down! I’ll carry you the rest of the way! We’ll go back to the barn and I’ll take care of you!
Charlotte: No, Wilbur… I don’t even have the strength to climb down…my webs were no miracle, Wilbur. I was only describing what I saw. The miracle is you.

Makenzie had a way of making everyone feel like they were a miracle (which, in fact, we are).  From the popular kids at school, to the shy ones, by themselves, hiding in the corners.  From the artsy to the jocks.  From those possessing outstanding talent to those with none; it didn’t matter.  Makenzie’s Web of love reached everyone who knew her and everyone just hearing about her story.

Makenzie’s Web described what she saw in life as well.  Joy instead of sadness; Love instead of hate; Freedom instead of guilt.  And her web describes a life well lived, played out on the stage of this earth with an audience of One – her Savior, Jesus.  She had a depth of love for Him that I, as a theologian, can’t even grasp.

It makes me wonder how people would describe my web.  Is it a web that experiences life as a great gift that God has given?  Is it a web in which my family can grow and thrive?  Is it a web defined by the love and grace of our Creator?



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