Do not judge and you will not be judged.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and it will be given to you.
Luke 6: 37-38

29 April 2013

Time is like a river!


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 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 Nova Scotia
back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost
and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
    
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 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,
"I never seen nothing like that before, and I've been putting in
septic tanks for twenty years."
    
Apparently I'm still lost …. it's a man thing.

E-mailed to SJAbram from S.Hodson, photo, courtesy of SJAbram
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I was born in France and brought up as a catholic. After the traumatic divorce of my parents, I moved to England and became a lost sheep. However I was convinced that I was 'a good person' until I fell in a muddy pit in July 2005 after taking decisions without seeking God's Word for guidance.  I cried out to the Lord and He heard me. I was rescued and redeemed by Jesus-Christ my saviour. He has turned my life around. 
I live blissfully with my husband Steven,  a c.o.e. vicar, near Stafford (UK). We are the proud parents of three loving daughters, I am also a step-mum, I have an amazing family including a step mum, two brothers and two sister and a dear sister-in-law and her children and grand-children, lots of cousins and eleven nephews and nieces. We live near Stafford in the UK.