Great Sense of Presence
The friends I've had that were Jewish, over the years, have added a sense of presence to my life. From my Mom's old lady friend whose house we went to to have Latkes to those I served in the Army with when I was a practiing Jew who shared our faith each Friday night after the sun went down, especially the Oneg Shabat afterwards. My Mom would ship me halvah in big bricks overseas. I was the envey of the camp! One Yom Kippur I had the chance to sit between Gen Omar Bradley and Gen Lemnitzer at the meal in the temple in Tokyo! I'd debate with the Chaplin's assistant Greenberg eac h Friday night about God as we walked to my home. I worked for a Jewish company in Los Angeles as their token Christian for a while. I love their sense of humor at the vagaries of life! How else could they have endured life in the shtetle in Europe, the pograms in Russia, the missiles now raining down on Jerusalem? Life is challenging and then it's over and we are in the presence of God.