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Conversations, a day of grieving, 1/22/94 eight

when their mother died
they asked me to
deliver the sermon

i make it a policy
to meet with the family
try to understand the deceased
before i give a sermon

they met with me
told me how she made
ceramic nativity scenes
for all of her grandchildren

i asked if a grandson
could bring me a set to see

i kept them in my office
for two days

when i first picked them up
and looked at them
i noticed there were
no brush strokes

then i looked more closely
and saw fingerprints

at the service
i placed the figurines
on pillars
each with one candle

and said her prints are on
these figures
and her mark has been made
on all of us

two weeks later
they gave me a madonna
with her prints on it

it is a work of art

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