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Deck of Cards - Story

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    During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town called Casino.
    The next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to Church.
   A sergeant commanded the boys in Church and after the Chaplain had read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book took them out, but this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread them out. 

    The Sergeant saw the cards and said,  "Soldier, put away those cards."

   After the services was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshall. The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?"

 "For playing cards in church, Sir." 
"And what have you to say for yourself, son?"

 "Much, Sir," replied the soldier. 

The Marshall said, "I hope so, for if not I shall punish you more  than any man was ever punished." 

The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six days.

I have neither a Bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions." And with that, the boy  started his story:

"You see Sir, when I look at the Ace,  it reminds me that there is but one God.

And the Deuce  reminds me that the Bible
is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testaments.

When I see the Trey, I think of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 

And when I see the Four,  I think of the four Evangelists who preached the Gospel; there was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 

And when I see the Five,  it reminds me of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps; there were ten of them: five were wise and were saved, five were foolish and were shut out.

When I see the Six, it reminds me that in six days, God made this great heaven and earth.

When I see the Seven,  it reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested from His great work.

And when I see the Eight,  I think of the eight righteous persons God saved when He destroyed this earth; there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.

And when I see the Nine,  I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed, and nine out of the ten didn't even thank Him.
 
When I see the Ten,  I think of the Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses on a table of stone.

When I see the King, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty.

And when I see the Queen,  I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven.

And the Jack  or Knave is the Devil. 

When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards,
 
I find 365, the number of days in a year. There are 52 cards,  the number of weeks in a year. There are 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month.

There are 12 picture cards, the number of months in
a year.

There are 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.

So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an Almanac and a Prayer Book." 

"And friends, the story is true. I know, I was that soldier."

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I'm; Michael (Cabby) Hughes

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Michael (Cabby) Hughes in 1962

 
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Michael (Cabby) Hughes in 2004

 
Michael (Cabby) Hughes
(Secretary - The 39ers Club)
35 Roman Rd.,
Blackburn, BB2 3EZ
Lancashire, UK
 
 
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as April 2014

 
Thank you for looking at
'The 39ers Club' 'website'.

I'm
Michael (Cabby) Hughes
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Please Note

 

This (The 39ers Club) is a personal web site and has no official status. The contents and design of this site is by me and no other. I WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO MY SITE.

I myself served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery from 1954 till 1976 of which a considerable amount of that time was spent with - 39 Regt RA or 40 Regt RA - Sennelager or Gutersloh, West Germany