You’ve done your time in hell

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, 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 Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It’s the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It’s the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..

It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

4 Comments

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4 responses to “You’ve done your time in hell

  1. sanfelipe007

    Wow, is right.
    Off Topic [but is it, really?]. I spoke, today, with my Parish Priest about my disappointment at not hearing, yet, of our Bishop’s plans concerning Pope Francis’ upcoming Consecration of Russia to the IHoM. He said that “they are scrambling to get things organized. This Pope has a tendency to do things – at the last second.”
    Well, at least they are on it.

  2. nancyv

    That’s real. (and falls to the ground weeping)

  3. Joisy Goil

    Thank you, Father for that truthful reading. It touched my heart and soul.

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