DECK OF CARDS

During the war a group of soldiers arrived at a small village in France after a long march. The chaplain read a prayer and asked all the men who had Bibles to open them. One of the soldiers brought out a deck of cards. He was arrested and later taken to the commanding officer. "Sir," he said. "I have neither Bible nor prayer book, but I hope I can satisfy you with the purity of my intentions.

"You see, sir, when I look at the ace it reminds me that here is only one God. When I look at the deuce it tells me the Bible is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testaments. The trey represents the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

"The four calls to mind the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The five reminds me of the five wise virgins; the six, that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth; and the seven that He rested on the seventh day.

"The eight is the eight righteous persons God saved when He destroyed the earth by flood - Noah, his wife and their three sons and their wives. When I look at the nine, I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed and nine of them did not thank Him. The 10 reminds me of the Ten Commandments.

"When I look at the king I think of our Lord. The queen reminds me of the Virgin Mary. When I see the jack I think of the devil.

"When I count the spots on the cards I find 365, the days in the year. There are 52 cards in the deck, the 52 weeks in a year. There are four suits, the four weeks in a month. There are 13 tricks, the 13 weeks in a quarter. There are 12 picture cards, the 12 months in a year.

"So you see, sir, my deck of cards serves me as a Bible, almanac and prayer book."

Author Unknown