This is an old story about a soldier in the North Africa Campaign in World War II. I don’t know who wrote the story but it is one of my favourites so I am including it in my daily blog.
After heavy fighting, the soldier returned to his camp.
The next day being Sunday, the Chaplain had arranged for 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 to the Major 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 nor 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, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
When I see the “5”, it tells me of the five unwise virgins who were lost and the five that were saved.
The “6” makes me mindful that God created the earth in just six days, and God said that it was good.
When I see the “7”, it reminds me that God rested on the seventh day.
As I look at the “8”, it reminds me that God destroyed all life by water except for eight people, Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their three son’s 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 of 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, and that is the number of days in each year.
There are 52 cards to a deck and that is the number of weeks in a year. There are 12 picture cards and that is the number of months in a year.
There are 4 different suits in a deck and that is the number of seasons in a year.
And so, the young soldier then said to the Major, “You see, Sir that my intentions were honourable.
My deck of cards serves as my Bible, my Prayer book and my Almanac.”
A deck of cards should most importantly remind us that we need Jesus 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months a year and that we should always Pray “4” others.
May you never look at a deck of cards in the same way again.
May our Father God bless each and every one of you mightily