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As most of you know, Joey is a Musician that plays many gigs for everyone. Recently he 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. He was not familiar with the backwoods area and got lost.

After about an hour he finally arrived 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.

He told me later he felt bad and apologized to the men for being late. He then went over to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. He  didn’t know what else to do, so he got his guitar out and started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around.  He played his heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. In fact he stated, he played like he had never played before for this unknown homeless man.

And as He played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. As they wept, he couldn’t contain himself any longer and tears begin to fall down his cheeks.  When he had finished he thanked the men for allowing him the time to play, packed up his guitar and started for his car. As he walked to the car his thoughts were on the man over whom he had just sang. He wondered if the man’s friends or family would ever know what happened to him.

“My heart was full as I set down in my car seat with the door still open. One of the workers started walking toward me wiping the tears away with a dirty rag. As he got to my car he said,  Sir, I have never seen anything like this in my entire life. I have been putting in septic tanks for over 40 years, and this is the first time, I have every seen someone come and sing such sweet songs over one. ”

Apparently, he is still lost…

Carl Overton

 

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