Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Deck of Cards

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

A Deck of Cards

Here is a new way to look at a deck of cards!!

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..

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments

The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John .

The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made 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.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

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.

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"?

My sister sent me this and I thought it was worthy of RE-sharing! I too will look at a deck of cards in a different way!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company.

Au revoir,


Sea Witch said...

OMG Jacque. I have not heard this poem in decades. I mean decades. The first time I ever heard this "story" I was about 7 or 8 and it was in a song that was more narrated then sung. I have searched for this old record many many times and have never been successful. So glad that you printed the poem as I will save it. Sea Witch

Sea Witch said...

Followup to my comment. I just learned that this was first recorded in 1948 by Tex Ritter. That is the record that I remember hearing in the late 1950s. Sounds like this poem was originally told in 1778. HOw cool is that. Sea Witch

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I'm as old as I am and I've never heard this. Love learning and such an easy way to remember.

Doris Sturm said...

I've read this before and the whole time I was reading it, I was upset over the statement that we are not allowed to have Bibles and religious artifacts in this country - the land of the free, right? All the other religions get to have their holidays and always frown on us, the Christians, who started this country. If they don't like it, just don't live here instead of always trying to mess with our constitution - I need to calm down and pray about this - I'm all worked up now.

Lorrie said...

I've never heard of this before - most interesting. A new way to look at a deck of cards.

Yes, there are some places where people cannot have Bibles, how thankful we can be to live in countries where can.

Jo said...

I have never heard of this either, really interesting!!!

Jacque said...

Thank you Sea Witch, I did not realize that this was originally a song. I can't believe the story going back to the 1700's NOW THAT is COOL!!

You are so full of great information!! Thanks for letting us know about that.


Serline said...

Thanks for this wonderful perspective. Have a blessed week!

green pickles said...

Brilliant! This is a great post!