March 05, 2005

It's right there

For all my talk about God's compassion,
for all my talk about the love from which not even death can separate us,
for all the pastor/nephew's talk about getting one's life right with God before it's too late,
the most meaningful moment came after the funeral,
after the body was lowered into the ground,
after all the "prayers" had been said.
"How are you doing?" asked a woman who lost her husband a few years ago.
"OK," said the new widow.
"When is your family leaving?"
"They'll be gone by Monday night."
"Are you ready to stay at home by yourself?"
"I don't know. I think so.... I really don't know."
"Come stay at my house. Call me. I'm just down the road."
"I mean it, you can come stay with me if you like."
"Thank you. Thank you."
Who needs a sermon about love when it's right there, surrounding us?

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