A young preacher does his first funeral

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  1. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director to hold a graveside service for a homeless man, with no family or friends, who had died while traveling through the area. The funeral was to be held at a new cemetery way back in the country, and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.
    As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost; and being a typical man, I did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late.

    I saw the crew, eating lunch, but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and stepped to the side of the open grave, where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured the workers I would not hold them long, but this was the proper thing to do.
    The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I poured out my heart and soul. As I preached, the workers began to say “Amen,” “Praise the Lord,” and “Glory.” I preached and I preached, like I’d never preached before: from Genesis all the way to Revelations.
    I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked to my car. I felt I had done my duty for the homeless man and that the crew would leave with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication, in spite of my tardiness.

    As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, “I ain’t never seen anything like that before…and I’ve been puttin’ in septic tanks for more’n 20 years.”
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  2. Johali

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  3. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    My husband put in septics for a while. A couple of times he had to remove the old work before putting in the new one.
    Some of those old ones NEEDED prayers. LOL
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