Monday, January 23, 2006


This is a story about a soldier in the North Africa Campaign in World War 11. After heavy fighting, the men returned to camp. The next day being Sunday, the Chaplain had set up a church service. The men were asked to take out their Bibles or Prayer Books. The Chaplain noticed one soldier looking at a deck of cards. After service, he was taken by the Chaplain to see the Major.The Chaplain explained what he had seen. The Major told the young soldier he would have to be punished if he could not explain himself. The young soldier told the Major that during the battle he had neither a Bible or a Prayer Book so he would use his deck of cards and explained: You see Sir when I look at the ACE, it tells me that there is one GOD and no other. When I see the 2, it reminds me that there are two parts to the Bible, the OLD TESTAMENT and the new TESTAMENT. The 3 tells me of the TRINITY OF GOD THE FATHER< GOD THE SON and GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. The 4 reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN> Wen I see the 5, it tells me of the FIVE UNWISE VIRGINS who were lost and the five were saved. The 6 makes me mindful that GOD CREATED THE EARTH in just six days, and God said that it was good. GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY. As I look at the 8, it reminds me that GOD destroyed all life by water except for 8 people. Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their three wives. When I see the 9, I think of the NINE LEPERS that GOD healed. There were ten lepers in all, but only one stopped to thank him. The 10 reminds me od the TEN COMMANDMENTS carved in stone by the hand of GOD. The JACK makes me remember the Prince of Darkness. Like a roaring lion, he devours those that he can. When I look at the QUEEN, I see the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS. As I look at the last card, the KING it reminds me that JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS. There are 365 spots on a deck of cards, the number od days in a year. There are 52 cards to a deck, the number of weeks in a year. There are 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year. There are 4 different suits in a deck, the umber of months in a quarter of a year…. And so, the young soldiier then said to the Major, “You see, Sir, that my intentions were honourable. My deck of cards serve as my Bible, My PRAYER BOOK and my ALMANAC.” A deck of cards should remind us that we need JESUS 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months a year and that we should PRAY 4 others. May you never look at a deck of cards the same way.


Peter said...

Hi Merle, I remember that as a sort of talking song, but I can't recall who performed it.

JunieRose2005 said...

I remember that from way back. It was performed by Tex Ritter, and others too, I suppose. but Tex Ritter is the one I remember.


Joy Des Jardins said...

That's wonderful Merle. We play a LOT of cards in our name it, we play it. I've loved cards all my life...something I got from my paternal grandmother. My kids and I often have poker nights...Texas Hold 'Em, etc. I won't look at a deck of cards in quite the say way. Thanks for this lovely story. -Joy

bubba said...

Good one. I won't see a deck of cards the same way again.

Hale McKay said...

I too remember a recording of this. I wasn't aware that Tex Ritter had recorded it. I remember a more recent version by the game show host, Wink Martindale.
...Good post.
I came here via your post over at Peter's site.