Makenzie had a web; one that reached so many people in so many different parts of the county. Because ministry had moved our family so many times, Makenzie interacted with hundreds of different people. When she suddenly went home to heaven on June 3rd of this year, those hundreds – now thousands – needed to mourn; however that looked, whatever shaped that took, we all need to mourn the death of those we love.
Yesterday, Kellie and I were given the privilege, once again, of sharing Makenzie’s story with the people of Summit Community Church in Arizona. It was a time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. (I love that the NASB version of the Bible uses the word “dance”). As we spoke, I knew that somehow this was closure for our Arizona church family. This was their time to see, hear and hug on us as a way to say goodbye to one of their daughters of the church.
Each of us has to have a time to mourn. Whatever loss is woven into the fabric of our futures, each of us has to have a time to weep. In my minds eye, I see one of Makenzie’s fellow classmates from 8th grade, finally letting out all of his sorrow on Kellie’s shoulder as she wrapped him in her arms. I can also see one of my former ministry team leader’s tear-reddened eyes look deep into mine as she struggles to say how sorry and saddened she was. It is all good. It is all healthy. It is all part of the human experience called “loss.”
All of us need to have a time to mourn.
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,” Ecclesiastes 3
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