A Chaplain Story
TCMarch 19 2014
Jerry and I went to the Atlanta MCA (Military chaplains Association) Chapter meeting
for Kermit Johnson (the boss) It was a "hoot."
The meeting took place in the
Grand Ballroom of the Officer's Club. There were maybe hundred of us. It was the
The leader announced that they were planning to invite someone
from the Japanese Embassy to speak at the December meeting as they remembered
Pearl Harbor. There was a kind of stunned silence as the audience absorbed the
information. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, essentially thrusting us into
WWll. And, for our next meeting we were inviting the Japanese to share in our
commemoration. I guess it could work but a little strange.
What followed next
was truly one of those, "You had to be there." The invited guest and speaker
was Jewish who spoke about Israel and America's commitment to the Jews. To close
out the meeting, the "song leader" had us sing some “washed in the blood” hymns
after the Jewish talk.
The best part was a retired chaplain sitting across from
us who could rest his arms on his large stomach. During the speaker’s
presentation, he went to sleep after eating several helpings from the buffet.
Not only did he fall asleep, he began to snore. At that point, Jerry and I got
the giggles and had to get up and leave. TC
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