A Soldier’s Prayer

— Author unknown

The 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 have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and Said,
“No, , I guess I ain’t…
Because those of us who carry guns 
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to most Sundays 
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent, 
Because the streets are awfully tough.

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 .

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 had often trod…
As the soldier waited quietly, 
For the judgment of his God,

“Step forward now you soldier,
You’ve done your work well.
peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in Hell.”

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