A young minister in Kentucky 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.
He was not familiar with the backwoods area and soon
became lost. Being a typical man, he did not stop to ask for
directions. Finally, he arrived an hour late. He saw the
backhoe and the open grave, but the hearse was nowhere in sight.
The digging crew was eating lunch. He apologized to the
workers for his tardiness,and stepped to the side of the
open grave. There he saw the vault lid already in place. He assured the workers he would not hold them up for long, and
told them that this was the proper thing to do.
The workers gathered around the grave and stood silently,
as he began to pour out his heart and soul. As he 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 him.
So, he preached and he preached like he had never preached before,
all the way from Genesis to Revelations. Finally, he closed the
lengthy service with a prayer, thanked the men and walked to his car.
As he was opening the door and taking off his coat, he 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!