Friday, April 19, 2013

The Funeral

"As a guitarist, 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 back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy 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 badly 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. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this 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 guitar 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, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

Apparently, I’m still lost…

I had to share it.  Hope it made you smile!


Cindy D. said...

oh man you really had me going!

redhorse said...

I was going to say bless you for doing a service for a homeless man, but now I don't know what to say. Who knows? Maybe it will be the most miraculous septic tank in the country.

Allenspark Lodge said...

That actually made me cry. Well, brought a tear to my eye anyway... Thanks!


cheyenne jones said...

Very very good!!!LOL! You had me.

D.Hausmann said...

That story brought tears to my eyes as well, Tears from laughing too hard. Great story and touching as well as funny. Bless you!

Karen Burch said...

Nice. I was feeling very mournful. And then I was LMAO!

Strawberry Lane said...

Wasn't ready for that one! I was feeling all teary over this scene. You got me!

Tracey said...

Glad y'all enjoyed it! I copied it from Facebook, wasn't me (oh, a guitar? The dead would wake!) I also shed a tear when reading it...from laughing :)