One of the things that frequently comes my way as a pastor is the performing of funerals. It’s kinda amazing what the Lord has done; when I was a young man I’d avoid going to them at all because of the feeling that it left me with. But soon after I was in the ministry I got my first request to do one. I immediately thought, “There’s no way!” Even though I said yes, I wasn’t sure I could do it. But I found that the Lord had given me grace to do it and I made it through the first one. Since that time I’ve done right at 350 more funerals. It’s always an honor to be asked to do a service but it carries with it a good size load of stress. But I figure, compared to the grieving family….I’ve got the easy part.

I recently got a call from the funeral home to do a service. I didn’t recognize the name of the woman but I said yes, anyway. I was sure that I’d know someone in the family but after reading the obituary I, again, didn’t recognize anyone. I met with the family the next day to plan the service and I was sure I’d know at least one of them. Nope, didn’t know any of them, either. It was apparent that the family didn’t have many resources; the cardboard casket was just more evidence of that. On the day of the funeral, I asked the funeral director if he knew this family, to which he said, “No”. I told him that I didn’t know them either, to which he replied, “Well, they know you!” and “They specifically asked for you!”

I can’t explain in words how that made me feel. It’s one thing to be ‘known’ in the company of the ‘elite’, and I guess I have a few acquaintances in that small crowd. But it’s a totally different thing to be ‘known’ in the community of the downtrodden! I can’t remember when anything left me feeling more honored than that!


6 thoughts on ““Known”

  1. Just got your latest post. I signed up to receive them automatically. Great post. Jesus was known and loved by the downtrodden and feared by many of the elite. Looking forward to reading your thoughts from time to time as they come automatically from your blog. Love you Andy.

    James I. Barron, III, Esq. Attorney and Counselor at Law (Licensed in Florida and Louisiana)

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  2. Things in life we are not comfortable with is where God wants us and uses us. We will still have that feeling of can’t but God will make sure we can. Good story Andy.

  3. And another thing that this blog entry brings to mind is that we never know who is watching what we do. Therefore, our behavior is always representative of who we are and who we represent. This was a very good story, Andy.

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