The Ultimate Graduation

High School Graduation.  A defining moment on the time line that is our lives.

Last night, our Makenzie graduated from Lutheran South Academy in Houston.  Wait … Let me rephrase that.  Makenzie’s Name graduated from the school.  The idea for this edit comes from the bulletin that was handed out at the occasion.

Turning to the back of the two-fold, the list of graduates neatly appears in two columns.  Some names are simply listed.  Others with an asterisk noting “Magna Cum Laude” or “Cum Laude.”  (These are Latin phrases which denote academic honors).  There was a third title that only one person held last night.  It was not designated with an alphabetic punctuation.  The special honor was highlighted with a cross.  “Graduated to be with our Lord.”

That is how Makenzie was honored.  The ultimate graduation for her … for any of us.  Kellie and I received her diploma during the special presentation portion of the night.  Tears of happiness and loss dripped down our cheeks as we opened the placard to see her name.  My first thought was Kenzie’s gonna love seeing this!

Katie, Nancy, Emilie and Makenzie at Prom, 2009

It is difficult to even write about this.  My eyes moisten as I remember last night and my futile attempt to find Makenzie’s face in the sea of green robes and tassels.  But I am reminded that she is with Jesus.  She has graduated based on the work of her Savior not on the work of her studies.  My lovely graduate is home.



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4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Graduation

  1. Stephen Redman says:

    Wonderful to read some of your journey. It is a privilage to be able to share this. Thank you!
    We are about to remember the 9th anniversary of our son Rocky’s death from cancer when he was 7 years old.

    Our story “At Least It’s Not Raining” has just been published in the UK, you can see it at or find it from our church site

    Bless you on your journey!

  2. Bo says:

    Wow. What a beautiful way to acknowledge Makenzie at graduation. The ultimate graduation. I miss all of you Stockers. I grieve with/for you often. You are loved by the Fasers.

  3. Jeannine Furukawa says:

    Todd, Thank you for sharing your journey through grief & the great hope we have in our living Lord Christ Jesus! Even in your great pain, you have blessed the lives of others! Philippians 1:3-5
    JeannineS. Furukawa

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