This is a story about a soldier
in the North Africa Campaign in World War II.  
After heavy fighting, the man returned to camp.
The next day being Sunday,
the Chaplain had set up 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 or 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 that five 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 the same way.
 
~Author Unknown ~
 
   
 
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