As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a
funeral director to play at a graveside service for a
homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service
was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky
As I was not familiar with the rural roads, I got lost; and
being a typical man I didn't stop for directions.
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral director
had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.
There were only the diggers and crew left and they were
eating lunch. I felt bad and apologized to the men for being
late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and
the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else
to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather
around. Embarrassed about being late, and feeling sad for
this poor man with no family and friends, I put my heart and
soul into the music. Overcome with emotion, I played like
I've never played before for this forgotten homeless man.
And as I played "Amazing Grace," the workers began to weep.
They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I
packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my
head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers
say, "Sweet Mother of Jesus, I never seen nothing like that
before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for years."
Wolves don't lose sleep over the opinions of sheep