DECK OF CARDS
Bill Wheeler (wwheeler@BUFFNET.NET)
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 15:07:03 -0600
The Deck of Cards
T. Texas Tyler
During the North American campaign a bunch of soldier boys had been on a
long hike. They arrived in a little town called Cassino and the next day
being Sunday, several boys went to church. After the chaplain read the
prayer, the text was taken up. Those of the boys who had prayerbooks took
them out, but one boy had only a deck of cards, so he spread them out. The
sergeant who commanded the boys saw the cards and said "Soldier, put away
After the service was over the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before
the provost marshal. The marshal said "Sergeant why have you brought this
man here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what have you to say
for yourself, Son?" "Much, Sir", The soldier replied. The marshal said "I
hope so, for if not I shall punish you severely."
The soldier said "You see, Sir, I have been on the march for six days and I
had neither bible nor prayer book, But I hope to satisfy you, Sir, with the
purity of my intentions.
You see, Sir, when I look at the Ace it reminds me there is but one God.
When I see the Deuce it reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts,
the Old and the New Testaments.
When I see the Tray, I think of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
When I see the Four, I think of the four evangelists who preached the
gospel. There were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
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.
When I see the Six it reminds me that in six days God made this great Heaven
When I see the Seven it reminds me that on the seventh day God rested.
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
And when I see the Nine I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed, and nine
of the ten didn't even thank Him.
When I see the Ten I think of the ten commandments God handed to Moses on
the table of stone.
When I see the King it reminds me once again there is but one King of
Heaven, God Almighty.
When I see the Queen, I think of the blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of
And the Jack of Knave is the Devil.
When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards I find three hundred and
sixty five, the number of days in a year.
There are fifty two cards, the number of weeks in a year.
There are thirteen tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are twelve picture cards, the number of months in a year.
So you see, Sir, my deck of cards has served me as a Bible, Almanac and
And, friends, this story is true. I know, because I was that soldier.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City