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 taken to the commanding officer.
“Sir” he said. “I have neither Bible nor a 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 there is one God. When I look at the deuce, it tells me that the Bible is divided into two parts, the New Testament and the Old Testament. The trey represents the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
“The four calls to mind the four evangelists, Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.
“The five reminds me of the five wise virgins.
“The six reminds me that God made heaven and earth in six days. The seventh day He rested.
“The eighth reminds me of the eight righteous persons that 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 about the nine lepers that our Savior cleansed and they didn’t thank Him.
“The 10th 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 a year.
“There are 52 cards in a deck, and there are 52 weeks in a year. There are four suits, four weeks in a month.
“There are 13 tricks, there are 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 my Bible, almanac and my prayer book.
“My talent is God’s gift to me. What I do with it is my gift back to God.”