Originally Posted by RunningOnMT
'Spose you could preach mine after I eat myself to death?
Sure, if the money is right -
Seriously, preaching a funeral is the hardest of my duties. I attempt to lighten the mood with humor, yet maintain the solemnity of the day. I attempt to give closure to the family and friends of the deceased, while getting the fact across that the goodbye need not be permanent.
It is FAR harder than a wedding, dedication, or regular preaching service.
Originally Posted by cycloneman
Well I guess I have to ask a question. Was he upset that the preacher used the word nagger or that naggers will be in heaven?
Hunter is right, sadly. He ceased going to church because one said there would be blacks in heaven. The implication to me was that this man would rather burn in hell that have a black neighbor in paradise.
This was many years ago, but the attitude remains in this rural isolated area.
Not that long ago, I walked into a hardware store in Erin, and the clerk IMMEDIATELY came over to me and asked if he could help me.
There was an elderly black man at the counter with merchandise in his hand that he wanted to buy, but the clerk had left him standing there to come and wait on me. I motioned to the black man and said "He was here first."
He looked miffed, and went and rang up the black customers purchase.
Another time, there was a very nice restaurant in Dixon that we enjoyed going to on special occasions. There was usually a line waiting for tables, because this place was GREAT.
On this trip, we were there after church, as were most of the people in the line. Two couples ahead of us, there was a very nice looking and well dressed black couple. When it was their turn to be seated, the matre di pointedly ignored them and took the couple behind them.
We stood there frowning, trying to figure out why he did this, since both were parties of two -
Then he came back again, ignored them AGAIN, and took the next couple in line.
I turned to the black couple who were now directly in front of us and said "The food here is good - but not good enough to put up with this!"
We turned and walked out the door, followed by the black couple and several other white couples who had witnessed this.
We have not been back.