For Richard

Lord, as you know, today is Richard Wright's funeral and committal in his hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. I know that you've already welcomed him into your gracious presence and his eternal reward, with (I hope) a Dixieland band, a raucous party, and a table spread with lots of coffee, potato salad, banana cream pie, milk shakes, Hershey bars, and every homemade dish that ever made his eyes light up. Let his final sendoff be a fitting tribute to the man who was a loving father to my wife, a second father to me, and the hardest working man I ever knew. Amen.

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