The Bag Pipe Player
A bagpiper was recently asked by a funeral director to play at a grave side 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 back-country. As he was not familiar with the backwoods, the piper got lost. He finally arrived an hour late and saw that the funeral was over, the funeral director had left, and the hearse was nowhere in sight.
There were only the grave diggers and cemetery crew left and they were eating lunch. The piper felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. He went to the side of the grave and looked down, and immediately noticed that the vault lid was already in place. Not knowing what else to do, he started to play his bagpipes.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. The piper played with deep sincerity and solemnity for the soul for this man with no family and friends. He played like he had never played before for this homeless man. He ended by playing ‘Amazing Grace,’ and the workers began to weep. They wept, the piper wept, they all wept together. When he finished playing, he packed up his bagpipes and started for his car. Though his head hung low, his heart was full of gratitude.
As he opened the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, “I’ve never seen nothing like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for over twenty years.”