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02-01-2006, 15:18
As a young minister, I was asked by a funeral director to hold a

grave-side 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 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 did not stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew, who was

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 up for 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


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 putting in septic tanks for twenty years."