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By Gerre Joiner | Published Saturday, August 31, 2013

The day this story unfolded, I phoned my friend, Don Newbury, and told him what had happened.

I knew that his “telling” could reach more people than my “telling.” Retired president of Howard Payne University and gifted storyteller, Dr. Newbury writes a humor/opinion column for more than 500 Texas newspapers each week.

Gerre Joiner

Gerre Joiner

When I reached him by phone and told him the story, he put it together and sent it to his outlets. His column appeared a couple of weeks ago. I received several calls and emails from across the state confirming that sometimes, humor comes in the form of close calls.

My pastor, Ken May, and I were planning to go to Governor’s Ridge, a local assisted living facility in which several of our members reside. We were to serve the Lord’s Supper (communion) to the residents.

I discovered that we had no grape juice so Adult Ministries Pastor Jason Atchley and I traveled to Dollar General to procure grape juice. After we returned and while I was filling the little grape juice container in the Lord’s Supper travel kit, one of our administrative assistants, Bree Kirkelie asked, “What are you doing?” I said, “Getting ready to go to Governor’s Ridge.”

Bree advised me to re-read the label.

Prune juice!

There was still time to return to Dollar General and make things right. The rest of the Lord’s Supper story went without a hitch.

Sometimes, though, when I’m not sleeping well, I have bad dreams of what might have happened if Bree hadn’t been paying attention to what I was doing.

Next time, I’m taking my reading glasses when I go shopping.

Gerre Joiner is a semi-retired church musician and has lived in Decatur since 1999.

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