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06-17-2008, 03:02 AM
As a young minister in Kentucky, I was asked by a funeral director
to hold a grave-side service for a homeless man, who had no family
or friends. The funeral was to be held at a new cemetery way back in
the country, and this man would be the first to be buried there.

I was not familiar with the backwoods area, and I soon became lost.
Being a typical man, I did not stop to ask for directions. I finally
arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the open grave, but the
hearse was nowhere in sight. The digging crew was eating lunch. I
apologized to the workers for my tardiness, and I stepped to the
side of the open grave. There I saw the vault lid already in pla ce.
I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long, as I told
them that this was the proper thing to do.

The workers gathered around the grave and stood silently, as I began
to pour out my heart and soul.

As I preached about 'looking forward to a brighter tomorrow' and
'the glory that is to come,' the workers began to say 'Amen,'
'Praise the Lord,' and 'Glory!' The fervor of these men truly
inspired me. So, I preached and I preached like I had never preached
before, all the way from Genesis to Revelations.

I finally closed the lengthy service with a prayer, thanked the men,
and walked to my car. As I was opening the door and taking off my
coat, I heard one of the workers say to another, 'I ain't NEVER seen
nothin' like that before, and I've been puttin' in septic tanks for
thirty years!'