That may change after today.
What you are about to read isn’t rules for a card game. In fact, it’s not even written by me. But I’m going to share with you this story about a special deck of cards that you should have in your home.
The story ...
One Sunday morning in a foreign country, a young soldier was alone in his bunkhouse. It was quiet that day — no mortars, no gunfire, no land mines being tripped. And as that young soldier sat on his bunk, he pulled an old deck of cards from his breast pocket and laid each card out in front of him.
About that time, his sergeant came in and as the soldier why he wasn’t out with the rest of the platoon.
“I thought I’d stay behind, sarge, and spend some time with the Lord.”
The sergeant looked at the young man quizzically and said, “Looks like you’re about to play cards, son.”
But the soldier shook his head.
“No sir ... you see, since we are not allowed to have a Bible in this country, I’ve decided to talk with the Lord by studying this deck of cards.”
The soldier went on to explain that:
— The ace reminded him that there is only on God.
— The two represents the two parts of the Bible — the old and new testaments.
— The three represents the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
— The four stands for the four apostles: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
— The five is for the five virgins that were 10, but only five of them were glorified.
— The six represents the six days it took God to create the heavens and the earth.
— The seven is for the day God rested.
— The eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives, whom God saved from the flood that destroyed the earth.
— The nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed 10, but nine never thanked him.
— Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets of stone.
— The jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God’s first angels, who was kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways. He is now the joker of eternal hell.
— The queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
— The king represents Jesus, who is the king of all kings.
“And sarge, when I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 — one for every day of the year,” the soldier said. “And there are a total of 52 cards, one for every week in the year.
“So when I want to talk with God and thank Him, I pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me all that I have tried to be thankful for,” the soldier concluded.
And that sergeant, a man of many military years and missions, stood there with tears welling up in his eyes. And all he could think to say after a moment was, “Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards when you’re done?”
If that’s not the very best use for a deck of cards, I don’t know what is.
We should all have one like that.
— W. Curt Vincent is the editor of the Bladen Journal. He can be reached by calling 863-4163, Ext. 259, or by e-mail at email@example.com.