Not so long ago a pastor shared a story. The tale spoke of three melancholy friends who had just attended the funeral of an old buddy who had passed on quite unexpectedly. As they were walking away from the gravesite, one of the mourners morosely asked, "Boys, when your time comes, what would you like the preacher to say about you?"

Not so long ago a pastor shared a story. The tale spoke of three melancholy friends who had just attended the funeral of an old buddy who had passed on quite unexpectedly. As they were walking away from the gravesite, one of the mourners morosely asked, "Boys, when your time comes, what would you like the preacher to say about you?"
One of the men replied, "Well, I don't know. I guess I'd like him to tell the multitude that will be gathered there that day to mourn me ... I want him to say, 'Before us today lies a great humanitarian, an exceptional man.'" The man who had asked the question countered, "Not bad, but I think I'd prefer the minister to say something like 'We are mourning a man who was a great husband and father, a man who always managed to set an example for all of us to follow. He's going to be missed.'" Both were still congratulating each other on the wisdom and rightness of those eulogies when they realized their companion hadn't said a word. Treading carefully lest they upset him in his reflections, they gently asked, "And, old friend, what do you think the pastor ought to say when you leave this veil of tears?" The third fellow broke the somber mood when he said, "I want them to say, 'Look! He's moving! He's alive!'"

Read the complete story in the Jan. 20 print edition of the Neosho Daily News.