TriggerFinger


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."
The above was posted at my place of employment, and google found me a copy here.  Though I am no follower of christ, every man's life is a trial, even if we only judge ourselves.  Those who risk their lives in defense of others deserve to be celebrated as heros.  To fight in defense of your community is the ultimate duty of citizenship.

I honor both those veteran's with us still, and those who are no longer with us.  I do not honor them today alone, but on every day.

This entry was published Fri Nov 11 21:08:21 CST 2005 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2005-11-11 21:08:21.0. [Tweet]

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