Fri, Jan 29, about 9pm
Retirement party at a bar. Lots of cigarette haze. A guy sitting at the bar tried to be friendly with me when I went to get utensils the waitress forgot. Mediocre Karaoke setup does little for the atmosphere. I'm sitting with my husband and some acquaintances.
Continue conversation for several minutes.
It that You, Lord? (I examine Karaoke setup again.) No way they've got "Amazing Grace" in the Karaoke book.
Scene from the movie Amazing Grace when William Wilburforce sings the song "Amazing Grace" in a bar.
That is You. [mental eye roll] Okay, if they've got Amazing Grace in that book I'll sing it.
Go check Karaoke listings. "Amazing Grace (traditional)" appears. I fill out a request slip, and confirm with the operator that he'll let me sing it. I then tell a friend from church what I'm going to do and ask him to pray. I go back to my table and pray as well. When my name is called, I get up, dedicate the song to the guest of honor (who said he wouldn't go to church again until he retires), and sing "Amazing Grace"—four verses plus a repeat of the first verse. When I'm done, I go and hug the guest of honor.
Thank You, Lord. Thank You for the chance to minister. I've missed it so much.