I ALWAYS THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT SONG OR VERSE, AND IT
IS ON RECORD BY RED SOLVINE, FROM LONG AGO.
An interesting interpretation of a simple deck of cards. 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 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 the Bible, the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW
The "3" tells me of the THREE TITLES (Father, Son and
Holy Ghost) of our ONE GOD.
The "4" reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS, MATTHEW, 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
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
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
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
honorable. 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. I know I won't.