Friday, October 13, 2006

Deck of Cards.

October 13th, 2006. - - - - - Post 40.

Hello everyone ~ I hope it as been a great day for you

and your families. It has been hot again here today.

“They” keep telling us we are in for a long hot Summer,

and also that we are in the midst of the worst ever

drought in Australia. All a bit scary, but not a lot we

can do about it. I hear that there has been early snow

sightings in Canada and the U.S.

Tonight I have chosen to re – run an old post, which is

a great story called “Deck of Cards.” Many of you will

have heard it before, but I hope you will enjoy it again.

Deck of Cards

This is a story about a soldier in the North Africa Campaign

in World War 11. After heavy fighting, the men returned to camp.

The next day being Sunday, the Chaplain had set up a church service.

The men were asked to take out their Bibles or Prayer Books.

The Chaplain noticed one soldier looking at a deck of cards. After the

service, he was taken by the Chaplain to see the Major.The Chaplain

explained what he had seen. The Major told the young soldier he

would have to be punished if he could not explain himself. The young

soldier told the Major that during the battle he had neither a Bible

or a Prayer Book so he would use his deck of cards and explained:

You see Sir when I look at the ACE, it tells me that there is one GOD

and no other.

When I see the 2, it reminds me that there are two parts to the Bible,


The 3 tells me of the TRINITY OF GOD THE FATHER<>


The 4 reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS, MATTHEW, MARK,


When I see the 5, it tells me of the FIVE UNWISE VIRGINS

who were lost and the five were saved.

The 6 makes me mindful that GOD CREATED THE EARTH in just

six days, and God said that it was good.


As I look at the 8, it reminds me that GOD destroyed all life by

water except for 8 people. Noah, his wife, their three sons, and

their three wives.

When I see the 9, I think of the NINE LEPERS that GOD healed.

There were ten lepers in all, but only one stopped to thank him.

The 10 reminds me od the TEN COMMANDMENTS carved in stone

by the hand of GOD.

The JACK makes me remember the Prince of Darkness. Like a

roaring lion, he devours those that he can.

When I look at the QUEEN, I see the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,


KING it reminds me that JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS and KING


There are 365 spots on a deck of cards, the number of days

in a year.

There are 52 cards to a deck, the number of weeks in a year.

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

There are 4 different suits in a deck, the umber of months

in a quarter of a year….

And so, the young soldiier then said to the Major, “You see, Sir, that

my intentions were honourable. My deck of cards serve as my Bible,


A deck of cards should remind us that we need JESUS 365 days,

52 weeks and 12 months a year and that we should PRAY

4 others. May you never look at a deck of cards the same way.


Small poem called “IF” Another one called If !!

If we notice little pleasures,

As we notice little pains,

If we forgot our losses

And remembered all our gains;

If we looked for peoples’s virtues,

And their faults refused to see,

What a comfortable and happy

Cheerful place this world would be.


Joke Time - - - -

Florist Mistake.

On opening a new store, a man received a boquet of flowers.

He became dismayed when he read the enclosed card that

read “Deepest Sympathy” While puzzling over this his phone rang.

It was the florist apologising for having sent the wrong card.

“Oh, it’s OK”, said the storekeeper, “I’m a businessman and I

understand how these things happen”

“But I sent your card to a funeral party,” said the florist.

“Well, what did it say?” asked the businessman.

“Congratulations on your new locotion”, was the reply.


Jail Mail.

A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: “Dear

husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back

garden. When is the best tme to plant them?” The prisoner

knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a

letter: “Dear Wife, whatever you do, don’t touch the back

garden. That is where I hid all the money.”

A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife

“Dear Husband, You wouldn’t believe whaat happened, some

men came with shovels to the house, and dug up all the back


The prisoner wrote another letter back to his wife: “Dear Wife,

now is the time to plant the lettuce.”


A guy was invited to an old friend’s home for dinner.

His buddy preceded every request to his wife with endearing

terms, calling her “Honey, My Love, Darling or Sweetheart” etc

The guy was impressed since he knew the couple had been

married for almost 70 years.

While the wife was off in the kitcen, he said to his buddy: “I

think it’s wonderful that after all the years you’ve been married,

you still call your wife these pet names.”

His buddy hung his head. “To tell you the truth,” he said, “I

forgot her name about 10 years ago.”


Some quotes - - -

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve

the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends

forth a tiny ripple of hope - - -and crossing each other from

a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples

build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of

oppression and resistance. - - - Robert F. Kennedy.

Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your

path and follow it wherever it may lead you: do not feel you

have to follow in someone else’s footsteps. - - - Eileen Caddy.

Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness - - - happiness is a sort

of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you’re

lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.

- - - - Adela Rogers St John.

There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, there is

only the discovery of joy. - - - Joyce Grenfell.

Bye now, Have a wonderful weekend folks. Merle.

Post 40. - - - - -October 13th, 2006.




Ruth said...

I love the one about the deck of cards. It is very neat! We are having snow here in Canada...what I wouldn't give for some sun now!!

The Ramblin Irishman said...

Hi Merle,
Came across your comments on Schaumi's blog and visited your blog site. Loved the story about the deck of cards and plan to send it to my daughter who collects cards. I like the story about the man forgetting his wife's name 'cause I am married to old what's her name too. (Just kidding) Come visit sometime. It would be neat to have someone from down under to communicate with.

Ky Boo Gal said...

Hey Miz Merle,
I am now catching up with my favorite bloggers that I've missed while being away working for a bit.
Loved this post!!

schaumi said...


that irishman is one of my favorite bloggers. i almost sent him your link due to all the jokes. i'm glad he found you....:)

Pamela said...

Merle, loved hearing the "Deck of Cards" again, my son, a former Marine heard it first while over in Iraq. I absolutely loved "If" it just spoke to me! Thanks again, Merle, you really your blog is so uplifting. While you all are expecting a drought, we are expecting a wetter than normal Winter here in Florida.
Take Care. :)

PEA said...

Oh Merle, you did it again, made me remember something from my childhood!! My mom used to have a country record that she would play often and I remember one of the songs was "Deck Of Cards"...reading the words brought it all back, it's the same words as in the song!! Tex Ritter is who sang it back in 1948 and that's the version I heard on mom's record. Thank you for reawakening yet another memory:-) Thank you again also for the birthday wishes, very much appreciated!! Hugs xoxo

Joy said...

I love the deck of cards post Merle...since I'm such a big card player, and always have been all my life. I'm taking a copy over to my daughter's house kids and I are playing poker. Thanks.

Meow said...

Hi Merle, another wonderful collection of items on your post today (yesterday !!). It has been pretty hot this week ... a bit of a reprieve today, though ... hopefully for you, too.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Take care, Meow

Puss in Boots said...

Hi Merle, what a trip down memory lane with the "Deck of Cards" My brothers and I used to listen to the request sessions on a Sunday morning in the hope we would hear that one and most times we did. I was one of our alltime favourites and I guess a lot of other people loved it as well, because it was a very rare Sunday we didn't hear it.

Thank you for that.


Robyn xoxo

Lucy Stern said...

I like how the man related the deck of cards to different things that happened in the scriptures.

Granny said...

I'm sure Pea is right about Tex Ritter. He did a lot of that sort of thing. Best known for the theme from High Noon (and for being John Ritter's dad).

I'm pretty sure I first heard it by Hank Williams (very early 50's) singing under the name of Luke the Drifter.

Thanks for the memory. It's been years since I thought of it.

Margaret said...

Dear Merle,I have heard this as recited piece, cannot remember wh "Thanks for the memories". Jokes were hilarious Merle thanks for comments on my site and for email Love Margaret

Connie and Rob said...

Love the one about the man calling his wife honey and sweetie cause he forgot her cute!!

Hope you are doing well. Enjoy your weekend.
Take care,

HORIZON said...

Lol at the guy in prison getting his wife's garden dug up for her. :)
Hope you do well this summer even in the hot weather and with the water situation. It is a worry.
Our Autumn so far has been fairly mild- the roses are still growing and the grass needs cutting.
All the very best to you dear Merle- thanks for the smiles this morning. xx

Jeanette said...

Dear Merle
Always love to visit, you brighten my day.little cooler today but still no rain,planted a few pansies today.
Have read Deck of cards but still nice to read again, good jokes think the jail mail got my vote tonight, hahaha. Take care keep smiling