It’s A ‘Septic Man’ Thing!


“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 or 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, 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 installing septic tanks for more than twenty years!”

Apparently, I’m still lost . . . it’s a man thing! (‘It’s A Man Thing!” by an anonymous bagpiper)

While we all laugh at the ‘man things’ of life, there is an alarming aspect that comes when we do not seek divine help when it is clearly needed in guiding our lives. The results of relying on the ‘arm of flesh’ can have catastrophic consequences. Which brings to mind the sage advice of the Savior given to this disciples:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matt 7:7)

Let’s not be too ‘manly’ or ‘womanly’ for that matter, and forget to ask for direction in our lives from a loving God above and end up with our lives ‘in the sewer!’

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