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, 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."
I have ALWAYS loved this poem and so I found it very fitting to post on this Veteran's Day. (Well, I didn't get on soon enough so I am a little late.) I am so thankful for those who have fought so that we may have the rights and freedom that we have today. I am thankful for those who are willing to risk their lives so that I may lay in bed at night and sleep safely. I am thankful for the men and women who are serving, have served, and will serve.
Today has been a great day. Donated blood with my Dad, spent time with my family, then went out to dinner with friends, stopped by a wedding reception for a friend, and then hung out until we decided to call it a night. All those things I was able to do today just made my point. Without freedom, those things would not be possible. However, thanks to those who have fought for US...it is.
Blessed are those that are courageous enough to take on such a grueling challenge. Those who serve will forever be my heroes and I thank each and every one. Thank you.