Saturday, November 6, 2010

The soldier stood and faced his God
Which must always come to pass...

He hoped his shoes were shining Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and Said,"No, Lord, I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But, I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here...
They never wanted me around Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod...
As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Dedicated to who all who serve -- 
May we Remember and Observe, not only this Thursday .... 
but every day.

(These words are not mine; unfortunately, I don't have the author's name to credit.)      


  1. great post and loved the picture with that's something I really need to remember.

  2. I think it was an awesome post and a great way to remember them all year round - not just on Veteran's Day. Good idea. sandie

  3. I have a special place in my heart for those who serve our country. My dad served in WWII and it makes me appreciate those who give willingly.
    Hope your Sunday is restful.

  4. So touching... yes, I am praying for our brave men and women.

  5. Having a sil who just returned from Iraq, I really appreciate this. How true!

  6. This is awesome! I love the poem and the quote,thank-you.
    God Bless,

  7. Lovely. I will copy and paste and send emails to my family praying for our troops! Love you.

  8. Those were such powerful words. Thank you for posting it for this Sunday.

  9. I agree with other comments here. I'm so grateful to all of our brave military men and women who have fought to keep our country free. God bless them every one. Thank you for this post.

  10. We had a service at church today that began with boy scouts bringing in the flags, and young girls escorting in visiting soldiers that were there to speak. The pledge of alliegence was said, followed by signing our national anthem without music. Three soldiers spoke. The Lords Prayer was sung, and we applauded the soldiers.
    That was it. Not a dry eye, believe me!

  11. Touching post, may we never forget their sacrifice.God Bless our brave men and women.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Much Blessings,

  12. Goosebumps from this one. thanks for posting it.


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