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Dec '08 Contents

Dec '08 Cover


All I Want For Christmas...
By Gert Slabach

The Deck of Cards
("A Soldier's Prayer Book")

A Franklin County Christmas
By Amy Hanek

Oh Christmas Tree...
Make getting a tree an event

Skateboarding in Southside
An Eye Opening Look



South Winds
(The Hanukkah Bush)

On The Funside
(Looking Gorgeous This Christmas)
By Amy Hanek

Southside Gardener (NEW)
(December To-Do List)
By William H. McCaleb

Ask Bubba - Advice
The Bubba Clause


Editor's Page
(The Fruitcake That Wouldn't Die)

V & B Comics
(Verrnack & Blupirk - Christmas Special)

Festivals & Events

Past Issues

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Deck of Cards

("A Soldier's Prayer Book")


   During the North African Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike. 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.

   After the Chaplain read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys that had a prayer book took them out. One boy had only a deck of cards, and he spread them out. The sergeant saw the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those cards." After the service was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshal.

   The Marshal said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?"

   "For playing cards in church, Sir," was the response.

   The Marshal asked the soldier, "And what have you to say for yourself, son?"

   "Much, Sir," replied the soldier.

   The Marshal stated, "I hope so, for if not I will punish you more than any man was ever punished."

   The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six months. I have neither 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 Spirit.

   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 heaven and earth.

   And 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 that God saved when he destroyed the earth: there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.

   And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our saviour cleansed, and that nine of the ten didn't even thank him.

   When I see the ten, I think of the ten commandments that God handed down to Moses on a tablet 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 the Queen of Heaven.

   And the Jack or Knave is the Devil.

   When I count the number of spots in 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 four suits, the number of weeks in a month.

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

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

   So you see, Sir, my deck of cards serves me as a bible, an almanac and a prayer book."


   The author and performer of "Deck of Cards" was T. Texas Tyler.

   He stated at the conclusion:

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




Origins: According to Snopes

  Although recent events have inspired an e-mail-circulated version featuring a soldier serving in Afghanistan, the tale about a serviceman using a deck of ordinary playing cards as an aid to prayer and meditation dates at least to at least 1788. The popular song "Deck of Cards", (sometimes known as "A Soldier's Prayer Book") was written in 1948 by "T." Texas Tyler and was recorded by (among others) Tex Ritter in 1948, Wink Martindale in 1959, and Bill Anderson in 1991.












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