Amidst It All/Watching the Funeral for the 41st President of the United States

In spite of and amidst all the pomp and
circumstance, all the military salutes
and twenty-one bomb bursting blanks in
air, there back in the cathedral, the
service’s recessional hymn For All the
Saints sung heartily, and on the tarmac,
Going Home, the African-American
spiritual arranged by Dvorak and played
solemnly, caught him unawares, brought
tears to his eyes and in the hearing of
those two hymns alone, he knew that
God’s love for him had been affirmed
at his baptism and that he affirmed
his love for God, Creator, Redeemer
Sustainer in his confirmation and
that he had given his heart to the
church in his ordination and for
all the disappointment he has had
in the institution and all its com-
promises, and while even now as
he is content to watch the comings
and goings of that errant institution
from a distance, the church, for
better or worse, remains his
family.

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