It is always humbling when the gift of imagination surprises you into a moment of pause. A moment that causes you to stop and consider that nothing is too small or insignificant that God can’t use it to bring glory and praise to Him.
Recently I was sent a video titled, Deck of Cards, which emotionally touched me not only as a patriot, but also as a christian. Who would have thought that a simple deck of cards could be a source used to bring comfort to a soldier during war as well as a source to bring glory to God.
After viewing the video, I did a little research on the story and found that the earliest known reference dates back to April 20, 1762 (just a little earlier then our video narrator states) and has been the recipient of notoriety for several decades.
I also discovered that part of the deck explanation has unfortunately been omitted from the video. However, in spite of its missing content, the video is still very worthy of viewing. It serves as a reminder that God can use anything to bring comfort and remembrance of Himself to those who seek Him. And it pays tribute to the brave soldiers, of past and present, who have honored us through their acts of sacrifice.
The entirety of the story of the Deck of Cards will be enclosed for you to read after the video. May you enjoy!
Deck of Cards
Ace: The one true God
Deuce: The Old Testament and New Testament in the Bible
Trey/Three: The Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit/Ghost
Four: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the apostles and the authors of the four Gospels.
Five: The two groups of five virgins who trimmed their lamps for a wedding. Five were wise (by saving enough oil) and were admitted, while the other five were foolish (did not have enough oil) and were shut out.
Six: God created the Earth in six days.
Seven: God rested on the seventh day, now known as the Sabbath.
Eight: The eight righteous people whom God saved during the Great Flood: Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives.
Nine: Of the ten lepers whom Jesus cleansed, nine of them didn’t even thank him.
Ten: The Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses.
King: Jesus, King of King, Lord of Lords
Queen: Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus.
Jack or Knave: Satan or the Devi seeking who he can devour
365 Spots: Days in a year
52 Cards: Number of weeks in a year
Thirteen Tricks: Number of weeks in a season
Four Suits: Approximate number of weeks in a month
Twelve Face Cards: Number of months in a year
The story of the soldier can be found in full in Mary Bacon’s World. A farmer’s wife in eighteenth-century Hampshire, published by Threshhold Press (2010). The folk story was later recorded in a piece of 19th century British literature called “The Soldier’s Almanack, Bible And Prayer Book”