A deck of cards,,,

WriterofWords

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This was sent to me and it's the words to a song a love. It's spoken song, and it was written a long time ago and recorded by Tex Ritter among others.

DECK OF CARDS
Recorded by T. Texas Tyler
Traditional Arrangement

NARRATIVE:
During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys
had been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town
called Cascina. The next morning being Sunday, several of
the boys went to Church. A sergeant commanded the boys in
Church and after the Chaplain had read the prayer, the text
was taken up next.

Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out, but
this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread
them out. The Sergeant saw the cards and said, "Soldier
put away those cards." After the services was over, the
soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost
Marshall.

The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought the
man here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what
have you got to say for yourself, son?" "Much, Sir."
Replied the soldier. The Marshall said, "I hope so, for
if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished."

The soldier said, "Sir, I've been on the march for about
six days, I had neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope to
satisfy you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions."

With that, the boy started his story:

You see Sir, when I look at the "ACE", it reminds me that
there is but 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 Saviour
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;

When I see the "KING", it reminds me that there is but one
King of Heaven, God Almighty;

And when I see the "QUEEN", I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
who is Queen of Heaven;

And the "JACK" or "KNAVE" is the Devil;

When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards,
I find 365, the number of days in a year;
There;s 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year;
There's 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month;
There's 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year;
There's 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter;
So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible,
Almanac and Prayer Book.

"And friends, this is a true story, because I was that soldier."

Note. Some sources credit T. Texas Tyler as the writer of the song.
However, other sources say it was the basis for a sermon by a
preacher in the late 1800's.

Updated version I got today:

Here is a new way to look at a deck of cards!!
Please do not delete! You will be glad you didn't.

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?'

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

Prayer for the Military.
 

Crusty McPottydoodle

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This isn't going to come back and bite you the bottom in a staff meeting is it?
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WriterofWords

Has Fainting Chickens
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The first time I heard Tex Ritter do it I was with my grandpa, the man that raised me. He was an over 30 year veteran, a lifetime Officer,, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. That was when I learned real men do cry.
 

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