He found me by way of the Lutheran Witness article I wrote this past January. I received a letter — yes, in the mail! — from this man whose daughter was killed in similar circumstances to Makenzie’s death. He wrote of his daughter’s joy, the music in her soul and her eloquence with words. I could sense anguish as each finger-stroke transferred his heart to ink on a page.
He wrote, “We lost our 20 year old daughter, 35 years ago and I think about her everyday.”
35 years ago! This man is forty years my senior yet his sorrow is as fresh today as it was in the past; one score and fifteen! (…that would be ’35’).
Am I to look forward to that emptiness the rest of my days on earth? Will I have to navigate, for my remaining moments, those thoughts that cause me to momentarily freeze-up? When (or if) I saunter around at 84 years, will my ache be satisfied or the glimpses be extinguished. I know the answer is no. My pen-pal confirms it.
Yet, it is settled that June 3rd is part of my story; not a bump in the road but a direction shift in the journey. Things are different. Life is different. Our family is different. But my Jesus is the same. And in His letter, He says all is well; Makenzie is with Him and I will see her again soon. Can’t wait.
Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
Life Changing Links …
- Tribute Video played at Makenzie’s Celebration Service.
- Makenzie’s Celebration Service Online – Click Here
- “I Dance For You My King” (Video: Makenzie’s song by Anthony Celia)
- “Image of Grace” (Video: Song written and played by Nathan Stocker)
- “Makenzie Memories” (a blog by one of her best friends, Katie Davis)