It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard.
The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.
As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said,
"Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?"
The soldier replied,
"I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord."
The sergeant said, "Looks to me like you're going to play cards."
The soldier said, "No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country. I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards."
The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"
"You see the ACE, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
And the "DEUCE" reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts; The Old and the New Testaments;
And when I see the "TREY", I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
And when I see the "FOUR", I think of the four Evangelists who preached the Gospel. There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;
And when I see the "FIVE", it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps. There were ten of them, five were wise and were saved. Five were foolish and were shut out;
And when I see the "SIX", it reminds me that in six days, God made this great heaven and earth;
When I see the "SEVEN", it reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested from His great work;
And when I see the "EIGHT", I think of the eight righteous persons God saved when He destroyed this earth. There was Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives;
And when I see the "NINE", I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed. And nine out of the ten didn't even thank Him.
When I see the "TEN", I think of the Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses on a table of stone;
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.
And when I see the "QUEEN", I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven;
When I see the "KING", it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty;
When I count the dots on all the cards,
I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck : each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons:
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
There's 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year;
Each suit has thirteen cards - there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said,
"Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?"
Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting for us.
Prayer for the Military.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen and women all around the world. There is nothing attached, but this can be very powerful. Of all the gifts you could give a Soldier, prayer is the very best one.
This story derived from and song by Tex Ritter & T. Texas Tyler