Friday, January 15, 2010

Deck of Cards

This is a song sung by Tex Ritter years ago. I remember my daddy playing it. I had a copy of the record but who knows where it is now. I love this and since I got it in an email today I thought I would share it with all of you. With the devastation in Haiti and our military being send overseas, I just feel like GOD needs to be more prominent in our lives.
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 say a prayer for those in Haiti and for our military. Thank God every day for what you have. Make GOD a part of your life.


Granny Annie said...

That is a tear jerker Bonnie. I emailed you a YouTube link to Tex Ritter reading it aloud.

PEA said...

I so remember this song, my mom use to play it often. I had the record as well and will have to go look in the box downstairs to see if it's still there. I always get goosebumps when I hear the words. Thank you for the wonderful memory. xoxo

Bonnie said...

Thank you G.A., I did get the YouTube going to check it out. I haven't found the record yet, Pea, I think my son Wade may have it. It is a very moving piece and should probably be rereleased so this generation can be moved by it.