This blog spot is set up for my sisters and I to vent our frustrations,keep our spirits up, and to support each other thru the time that our brother is over in Iraq. His blog spot is: www.johniniraq.blogspot.com

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced 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 world is awfully rough. "

"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 judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~

I recived this in an email today from my Aunt Bonnie, I just had to share!

2 Comments:

Blogger JUST A MOM said...

I am steeling this, our guy is coming home for 2 weeks this Friday. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is good with you.

10:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That brought tears to my eyes sis. I hope John is doing ok, and Michelle too; oh, and Nevada too.

Well, I'm thinking of all of your family that is away from you at this time. Praying for their safety, and God's speed.

Amanda

6:04 PM

 

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