A young soldier was in his bunkhouse all alone one Sunday morning over in Afghanistan. He 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.
Just then an Army SGT 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 soldier said, “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 SGT asked, “How?”
- The ace reminds me that there is only 1 God.
- Stands for the 2 part of the Bible: Old/New Testaments.
- Stands for the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
- Stands for the 4 Apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
- Stands for the 5 virgins that were 10 but only 5 of them were glorified.
- The 6 is for how long it took God to create the Heavens/Earth.
- The 7 is the day God rested.
- The 8 is the family of Noah, his wife, 3 sons, their wives, in which God saved the 8 people from the flood that destroyed the earth.
- The 9 is the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed 10 but 9 never thanked Him.
- Is the 10 Commandments that God handed down to Moses.
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.
The Queen is for 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 52 cards in a deck, each is a week, 52 weeks in a year.
The 4 suits represent the 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has 13 cards. 13 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.
by Ch 1LT. (CA) Caroline A. Taylor