The local funeral director was to hold a graveside service with a newly-appointed preacher at a small country cemetery. There was to be no funeral, just the committal, because the deceased had no family or friends left.

The young pastor started early to the cemetery, but soon lost his way. After making several wrong turns, he finally arrived a half hour late. The hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were relaxing under a nearby tree, eating their lunch. The pastor went to the open grave and found that the vault lid was already in place. He took out his book and read the service. As he returned to his car, he overheard one of the workman say, “Maybe we’d better tell him that’s a septic tank.”

Perhaps you can think back on your life to situations similar to the one described. Maybe you didn’t hold a funeral service over a septic tank, but you can probably think of circumstances just as embarrassing.

Sometimes we need to take ourselves less seriously. We need to laugh at ourselves. We need to remember that nobody is perfect and sometimes we are going to make mistakes. We need to give ourselves some of the grace we give to others. Fortunately, we have a perfect Lord Who loved us before we loved Him. Our wonderful Savior will give us the grace to live life with grace and sometimes with laughter.

He is lifeless that is faultless. – J. Heywood

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder