Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd

mourningIntoDancing.001Seven years ago, I thought my anchor gave way.  My life’s-boat was set a drift in a storm called “the death of a child” when my oldest daughter, Makenzie, was killed in traffic accident.

Yet what I found was my anchor was more secure than ever.  The pain, the grief, the emptiness and the heartbreak were waves battering the hull of my life yet beneath it all, the anchor of hope held. 

“This hope we have is the anchor of the soul…” Hebrews 6:19

Hope is secure as it finds its hold in the Spirit.  Hope is hooked when it believes the promises of God.  Hope is anchored when it sinks deep into the unfathomable love of Jesus. 

So let the torrents rage.  Let the waves crash.  Let the sky darken and the rains pour because I know all these things must take place.  Yet, I sleep well in the belly of my life’s boat because my anchor will hold as it is set in God’s enduring love for me.   


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4 thoughts on “Seven Years Afloat: Makenzie Home-going Anniversary – Todd

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  1. Emily,
    Glad to hear they’ve improved the intersection.
    Glad also for your words. God IS good.

  2. We remember Makenzie with great love and affection. And we lift up you and your entire family in our special prayers. May the good Lord continue to give you strength, comfort and HOPE. Blessings in the Risen One!

  3. Passing Makenzie’s Memorial on Red Bluff and Bay Area several times a week, I feel her presence. They have changed the intersection to make it safer and there are always fresh reminders at the Memorial. Heaven is even a better place with her dancing. Indeed anchored you are as all of those who have suffered a loss of a child. It gives you a strength that grows with time. God is good. Thanks for all you poignant words!!

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