by Pastor Tim Burt
A little humor is good for the soul. I hope this brings that to you today! Bless you, Pastor Tim
Men, Directions, and the Bagpiper
Lay down whatever is bothering you. Breathe in the fresh air and learn from this story:
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
As a bagpiper, I’ve played many venues. I was recently 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 Nova Scotia back country.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. And true to my manhood, 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 badly and apologized to the men for being late.
I went to the side of the grave and looked down. 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.
As I played “Amazing Grace”, the workers began to weep. They wept; I wept; we all wept together. When I finished playing, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years!”
Apparently, I’m still lost … it’s a man thing.
Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine…”
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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