Welcome back to my haphazardly updated blog. Thank you for reading. Last night I attended my first (and hopefully not my last) Marine Corps Ball. My friend 1st Sergeant Owens, who I met through my wedding officiant business (www.YourCustomCeremony.com), asked me to deliver the invocation. As I understand it their Chaplain was unavailable and because of my desire to one day become a military Chaplain, he thought of me and asked if I would deliver the invocation.
Let me just say that this was a HUGE honor and was particularly special for me. I won't give you my military story in this post (I'm saving that for later), but everybody has an "I almost joined" story and I am no different. However I will say that I have loved the Marine Corps since I was about 20 years old, and I was days away from enlisting. Every day since I have thought about the Marines and what might have been. Clearly I am much too old to be a Marine now, but I believe that God has a plan for me and I believe that plan could involve becoming a military Chaplain. We'll see I suppose.
So being invited to the Marine Corps Ball was a big deal! This was like stepping into a time machine. I got to meet and mingle with a ton of Marines all in their dress blues, and I got to pray for and bring a message to those who needed it. If everything goes according to plan I'll join the Navy as a Chaplain and do all I can to go "green-side" and be assigned to a Marine unit. God willing, the Marine Corps Ball could become a regular thing in the future. By the same token, this was also a way of exploring what could have been. 1st Sergeant Owens is about my age and I hope that I would have had as stellar a career as he has, so this was like hopping into the way back machine with Mr. Peabody to see what my life could have been had I joined way back when.
Anyhow, the prayer went well. I actually had to pause a couple of times to allow cheers to die down which was both unexpected, and pretty awesome. It was an honor to be asked, and a privilege to be there. I thought I'd write a quick post about it so that I can look back in a few years and remember the day. The next big event will be when 1st Sergeant Owens marries his fiancée Heather, and I'll be there to officiate. Happy 239th birthday to the United States Marine Corps.
Leaving my house.
A packed house.
Waiting to go up and pray.
Watching the ceremony.