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The Soldier Appears Before God
By Dana Reed   
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Last edited: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Posted: Thursday, November 12, 2009

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This article is meant to be read by all Americans who want to know how our soldiers feel inside.

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 judgment 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~

It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's the Military who salutes
 the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
 

 

 

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Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 8/25/2012
God will say "Well done good and faithful soldier; now enter in and claim your reward" 'lil flower of Jesus
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/4/2009
Beautiful, Dana - as the daughter, sister, niece, cousin of Veterans, a USAF Veteran, myself - this speaks so much to me. Thank you for sharing this. Don't know how I missed it.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

Merry Christmas!
Reviewed by Paul Kogel 11/13/2009
Well said, Dana. Thank you.
Reviewed by John Martin 11/13/2009
Well done, well said, Dana.

*An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees! *-Rudyard Kipling's poem: Tommy
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 11/12/2009
And that's the way it was, November 11th 2009.

Love,

Walt

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