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A Deck of Cards

It was quiet that day, the guns, the mortars and the land mines for some reason hadn’t been heard. The young soldier 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 across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant 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 sergeant said, “Looks to me like you’re going to play cards.”

The soldier said, “No, sir. 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 sergeant asked in disbelief, “How will you do that?”

“You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.

“The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, the Old and New Testaments.

“The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

“The Four stands for the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

“The Five is for the five virgins that were ten but only five of them were glorified.

“The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

“The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.

“The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives–the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the earth.

“The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

“The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

“The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God’s first angels, who got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

“The Queen stands for the Virgin 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, one for every day of the year.

“There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week, 52 weeks in a year.

“The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

“Each suit has thirteen cards; there are exactly thirteen 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.”

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, “Soldier, may I borrow that deck of cards?”




16 comments

  1. It’s amazing, so blessing how God provides ways of praising and worshipping him even in situations that are so difficult for us his children l Thank God that things surrounding me , could be used to glorify God.
    Cards on the deck has encouraged me so much.

  2. I have never really noticed this about a deck of cards. There is a message there that needs to be told, thank you for sharing it.

  3. Wow….
    I was not aware that our men were not allowed to have a bible or or other spiritual books in certain parts of the country.This is really good.

  4. Yolanda Rodriguez

    This just so awesome! I had never looked at a deck of cards that way. I just though they were just for gambling. But God can use anything for good.

  5. A – stand for the ALMIGHTY ABBA FATHER ALL HEAVENS AND EARTH DECLARES THE BEAUTY OF THE LIVING LORD, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR JESUS COMING TO THIS EARTH LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOUGHT THE BIGGEST WAR AND RETURN BACK WITH VICTORY. AMEN.

  6. This is really a great message of a determined soldier of the Cross. Unfavorable circumstances around him does not becloud his vision of the word of God rather he used his obstacles to be a stepping stones to have a vivid revelation of God. Every things around us should make us to praise His name. “He created every thing for His pleasure”. Am eternally blessed with this inspiring message. Thanks for sharing.

  7. When God is in U and U in God there will be Always a way to glorify Him even where
    seem there is none. Thank U for this tips

  8. Great reminder the way God speaks to us from unexpected places. Over 40 years ago I read this and I have been looking for it. Thank you for finding.


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