Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Marine Corps Ball

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 (, 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 fiancĂ©e 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. 

The program. 

My ticket.

Watching the ceremony.