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A Soldier's Judgement from his God
Freeper Squantos via Fremail | Unknown | Unknown

Posted on 11/26/2003 7:59:11 AM PST by Jeff Head

A Soldier's Judgement from his God (My Title)

To all who serve, or love or care for those who do...

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 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 just got 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 fear.

If you've a place for me, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much;
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was 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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: god; judgement; military; soldiers; tribute
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Freeper Squantos Fremailed this to me. We both thought it would be a good thing to post.

Thanks Squantos, this hits the mark!

1 posted on 11/26/2003 7:59:12 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Squantos
Here it is my friend, thanks!
2 posted on 11/26/2003 8:00:04 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: joanie-f; Dukie; JohnHuang2; k.trujillo; Travis McGee; Critter; Lurker; harpseal; sneakypete; ...
FYI...a moving tribute to our honorable soldiers and their likely, final lot.
3 posted on 11/26/2003 8:00:59 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Squantos
Gee, Squantos, I always knew you were a big, squishy, warm 'n' fuzzy guy deep down in yer heart! $;-)

Stay well!

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

4 posted on 11/26/2003 8:01:29 AM PST by Joe Brower ("If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever." - G. Orwell)
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To: Jeff Head
I saw this some time ago, but it's great to see it again!!! BUMP, and GOD bless our fighting men and women!!!!!
5 posted on 11/26/2003 8:02:54 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos
Thanks you two! Good poem.
6 posted on 11/26/2003 8:03:24 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Jeff Head
Wonderful.

Too bad it is too long to fit on a poster at a rally.
7 posted on 11/26/2003 8:05:31 AM PST by ladyinred (The Left have blood on their hands!)
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To: Jeff Head
Thanks for the ping...
8 posted on 11/26/2003 8:05:56 AM PST by Triple (All forms of socialism deny individuals the right to the fruits of their labor)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Do you have a source on it?

We couldn't figure out who wrote it or where it came from.

9 posted on 11/26/2003 8:06:10 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Joe Brower
LOL! hehehe
10 posted on 11/26/2003 8:06:28 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: snippy_about_it
You're welcome...I just posted it.
11 posted on 11/26/2003 8:06:47 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: ladyinred
Make each section two line instead of four, center it...and I bet you you could get it on a poster in parttrait mode.
12 posted on 11/26/2003 8:08:28 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head; Joe Brower
Thanks Jeff ! I have had that on a scrap of paper for a while now, carried in my wallet and found it yesterday.....the paper , not my wallet !

Both of Ya'll Stay Safe

13 posted on 11/26/2003 8:09:00 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos
Bookmarking bump! Excellent poem. I didn't figger you for the mushy type Squantos.
14 posted on 11/26/2003 8:12:01 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: Jeff Head
You might just have a solution. I would love to have that for a rally. Thanks!
15 posted on 11/26/2003 8:12:06 AM PST by ladyinred (The Left have blood on their hands!)
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To: Jeff Head
bttt
16 posted on 11/26/2003 8:12:13 AM PST by tiki
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To: Squantos; Jeff Head
Thanks for sharing.
17 posted on 11/26/2003 8:13:16 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Jeff Head
Kudos to Squantos - well done!
18 posted on 11/26/2003 8:14:13 AM PST by 4CJ ('Scots vie 4 tavern juices' - anagram by paulklenk, 22 Nov 2003)
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To: Squantos
Hehehe...now you're getting that old mushy, squishy, gushy reputation partner.

Better post some of those old field pictures to let folks know that it just ain't altogether so.

My kids accuse me of being a "burnt mashmellow", particularly now with the grandkids running around. Hard and crusty on the outside...but all soft inside!

LOL!

19 posted on 11/26/2003 8:16:01 AM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head
Here is the sailor's version.

A SAILOR'S PRAYER


I am sitting here and thinking
Of the day I left behind,
and I think I'll put on paper
What's running through my mind.

People on the outside think
A sailor's life is swell,
But I'll let you in on something Mate.
A sailor's life is hell!!

A sailor has one consoling thought.
Gather close and I will tell.
When I die I'll go to heaven
because I've DONE my time in hell.

I scrubbed a million bulkheads
And I've chipped miles of paint.
A meaner place this side of hell,
I'll swear to you there ain't.

I've stood for endless hours
Just waiting for my mail,
And I've stood a million watches
And had every special detail.

I've shined a million miles of brass
And I've scrubbed a million duds;
I've swanged a million hammocks
And I've peeled a million spuds.

I've cruised a million million miles
And I've made a million ports;
I've spent a million nights in jail
For trying to be a sport.

But when those final taps are sounded
And I lay aside life's cares,
I'll take my final shore leave
Right up those golden stairs.

'Tis then St. Peter will Greet me, and
He will yell,
"Take your front seat in heaven sailor,
You've spend your time in hell!!"
20 posted on 11/26/2003 8:16:24 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos
Beautiful!
21 posted on 11/26/2003 8:18:00 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Jeff Head
LOL....I cry at funerals and when theres no more beer..... in some cases when theres no beer at a funeral. Proper wake etiquette an all......

Stay Safe Jeff !
22 posted on 11/26/2003 8:22:15 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Jeff Head
Yes it hits the mark.

Thank God for soldiers, and pray that God will bless their families, and give them supernatural peace.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
23 posted on 11/26/2003 8:23:52 AM PST by Delphinium
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To: Jeff Head
Marine bump. Good post Jeff. I just learned that my nephew Kenny is going to Iraq.
24 posted on 11/26/2003 8:24:25 AM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Jeff Head
Army-retiree thanks and a hand salute!
25 posted on 11/26/2003 8:38:49 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: Jeff Head
BUMP
26 posted on 11/26/2003 9:26:44 AM PST by Search4Truth (When a man lies he murders some part of the world.)
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To: Jeff Head
One thing's for sure . . . that soldier was NOT a liberal !!!

Thanks Squantos !!!

.

27 posted on 11/26/2003 9:34:15 AM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos; Jim Robinson; All
Thanks! Have a great Thanksgiving. Enjoyed spending the year with y'all on FR. Jim and John, what a great blessing it is to live in the shade of the Liberty Tree, Free Republic.com. Heartfelt thanks for all your work and dedication.
28 posted on 11/26/2003 9:55:48 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: GeekDejure; Eaker; Travis McGee; harpseal; TEXASPROUD; MEG33
LOL.....Merry Thanksgiving ya'll !.........Stay Safe !
29 posted on 11/26/2003 9:58:22 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Squantos; Jeff Head
Great post.I am thankful this Thanksgiving and every day for those who protect and serve.May God bless and keep them safe.
30 posted on 11/26/2003 10:05:00 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Squantos; Jeff Head; MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Beautiful. Thank you. Y


31 posted on 11/26/2003 10:05:28 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("The world needs to pull itself together." ~ Conde Rice)
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To: Jeff Head
God Bless the Troops!
32 posted on 11/26/2003 10:14:38 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
A Soldier's Judgement from his God ~ Bump!
33 posted on 11/26/2003 10:33:09 AM PST by blackie
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos
Thanks guys. 'Tis a fitting tribute to those that protect us.
34 posted on 11/26/2003 10:43:23 AM PST by steveegg (Property tax freeze? Since Craps Doyle vetoed, RECALL - countdown is now 35 days (late update))
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To: Jeff Head
Yes - it definitely tells of how we veterans often times feel, as does this one by Rudyard Kipling:

Tommy

By Rudyard Kipling

Born 1865

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer, ,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!

35 posted on 11/26/2003 3:03:15 PM PST by Colt .45 (Cold War, Vietnam Era, Desert Storm Veteran - Pride in my Southern Ancestry!)
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To: Dubya
Tell him "good luck" and "thanks."
36 posted on 11/26/2003 4:25:30 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (How did Medicare drugs get passed in the House? Arm-twising by GOPenises, that's how!)
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To: Dubya
Tell him "good luck" and "thanks."
37 posted on 11/26/2003 4:25:47 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (How did Medicare drugs get passed in the House? Arm-twisting by GOPenises, that's how!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Thank you. I sure will tell Kenny what you said.
DUB
38 posted on 11/26/2003 5:11:18 PM PST by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Jeff Head; Squantos
Very good!
39 posted on 11/26/2003 8:41:53 PM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: Valin; Eaker
Hope your Holiday is Easy .......ya'll Stay Safe !
40 posted on 11/26/2003 8:43:11 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Squantos; patton
Thanks for the ping big guy!!!

You are aces in my book!

41 posted on 11/26/2003 8:56:26 PM PST by Eaker (When the SHTF, I'll go down with a cross in one hand, and a Glock in the other.)
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To: Dubya
I am so impressed with the "lost" generation.

Please let your nephew know that all of the real Americans are behind him and thank him.

Heroes

42 posted on 11/26/2003 9:05:27 PM PST by Eaker (When the SHTF, I'll go down with a cross in one hand, and a Glock in the other.)
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To: Squantos
Just wanted to show you the new tag line. Good post.

Here's to me in my drunken mood when I gamble sin and drink
And here's to me in my sober mode, when sit ponder and think
When my EOD days are over and from this world I pass
I hope they bury me upside down so the world can kiss my --
43 posted on 11/26/2003 9:07:02 PM PST by U S Army EOD (When the EOD technician screws up, he is always the first to notice.)
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To: U S Army EOD
Excellant........You Stay Safe on Turkey Day !!
44 posted on 11/26/2003 9:10:23 PM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Jeff Head
We couldn't figure out who wrote it or where it came from.

Jeff, I originally received this poem in a newsletter dedicated to the Marines (from www.grunt.com). The title given in the newsletter was "The Final Judgement", and said the author is unkown.

BTW, it's an awesome newsletter, everyone should sign up for it.

45 posted on 11/26/2003 9:21:14 PM PST by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: U S Army EOD
I hope they bury me upside down so the world can kiss my --

?
< /really REALLY world-class dumber than a rock> "-)

46 posted on 11/26/2003 9:27:22 PM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: Squantos
You too!
47 posted on 11/26/2003 9:28:47 PM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: Valin
Thank you.
48 posted on 11/26/2003 9:29:16 PM PST by U S Army EOD (When the EOD technician screws up, he is always the first to notice.)
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To: Valin
In fact why don't you just be the first.
49 posted on 11/26/2003 9:31:24 PM PST by U S Army EOD (When the EOD technician screws up, he is always the first to notice.)
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To: Valin
Great Tag Line!
50 posted on 11/26/2003 9:38:49 PM PST by Eaker (When the SHTF, I'll go down with a cross in one hand, and a Glock in the other.)
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