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I woke up this morning with thought of our military, who never really have holidays off. My thoughts and prayers go up to them and felt this was a good read for them. Jackie B.




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> THE FINAL INSPECTION

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> The soldier stood and faced God,

> Which must always come to pass.

> He hoped his shoes were shining,

> Just as brightly as his brass.

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> '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?'

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> 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.

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> 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.

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> 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.

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> 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.

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> I know I don't deserve a place,

> Among the people here.

> They never wanted me around,

> Except to calm their fears.

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> 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.

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> 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.

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> 'Step forward now, you soldier,

> You've borne your burdens well.

> Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

> You've done your time in Hell.'

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> Author Unknown~

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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.



MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS AND KEEP OUR MILITARY. IF YOU SEE A GI TAKE THE TIME TO TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU APPRECIATE THEIR SERVICE. Jackie B.
 
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