Monday, April 28, 2008

A Newfie Funeral ( A Morning Funny)

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. 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 were 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 and Ecclesiastes

all the way to Revelations.

I closed the lengthy service with a prayer and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another,

'Lard Jeezuz b'y, I never seen nothin' like that before

and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.'

Thanks Bob A.

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