The Final Inspection

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    THE FINAL INSPECTION


    The Marine 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, Marine,
    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 Marine waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    "Step forward now, you Marine,
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
    You've done your time in Hell."


    ~Author Unknown~
     
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    I'm in tears.
     
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    I got that from my brother in law out in Montana. My older sister's husband. He's a Marine veteran.

    It is touching. :redface:
     
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    The third verse to the Marine's Hymn:

    Here's health to you and to our Corps
    Which we are proud to serve;
    In many a strife we've fought for life
    And never lost our nerve;
    If the Army and the Navy
    Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
    They will find the streets are guarded
    By United States Marines.


    And anyone that thinks otherwise can kiss my lily white ass.:eusa_eh:
     
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    You know, I worked the Big Packet show in Fort Worth Saturday night,
    We had all day Sunday to rest and relax, before I caught another flight.
    So I decided to walk down town an' get myself a little fresh air.
    Before long, I found myself in front of a big church on the corner of the square.

    Boy, I could hear that singin' way out in the street, sure was a beautiful sound.
    So I just walked up the steps an' opened the door an' started to go inside an' sit down.
    But before I could, a young man walked over to me and said: "Excuse me, Sir,
    "But I can't let you in with that big black hat, those jeans, that beard an' long hair.

    So I just left, went back outside, sat down on that curb, and I thought to myself:
    That's the house of the Lord. That guy's got the hell of a nerve.
    Tellin' me I can't worship anywhere I please.
    So right there, in front of that Church, I just knelt down on my knees.

    I said: "Lord, I know I don't look like much, but I didn't think you'd mind.
    "I just wanted to be with your people, Lord. It's been a long time.
    "A while ago, a saw a wino over there in the alley, all bent over in tears,
    "An' I thought how one stained glass window, from this Church, would feed his family for years."

    "Then there's those fine cars parked outside, too many for me to count.
    "Made me think how people walked for days to hear your sermon on the mount.
    "Then there's those fine ladies in the choir, Lord, singin' like they really love it.
    "Hell, last night, they were dancin' on the front row of my show: drinkin' beer, screamin: 'Sing Shove It.'

    "You know, even John the Baptist wouldn't be welcome in this place,
    "With his coat made of Camel hair an' sandals on his feet an' a long beard on his face.
    "You know, Lord, when you come back to get your children, an' take 'em beyond the clouds,
    "To live forever in Heaven with you? Well, I'd sure hate to be in this crowd.

    "You know, Lord, I'm not perfect; some even call me no count.
    "But I'll tell you: I believe a man is judged by what's in his heart, not what's in his bank account.
    "So if this is what religion is: a big car, a suit an' a tie,
    "Then I might as well forget it Lord, 'cause I don't quite qualify.

    "Oh, by the way, Lord, right before they kicked me out, didn't I see a picture of you?
    "With sandals an' a beard. Believe you had long hair too."
    "Well, this is Paycheck, signing off.
    "I'll be seein' you Lord, I hope."
     
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    People are imperfect, but God welcomes us all.
     
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    Actually no he does not. There will be some not welcome at all. Of course they will have CHOSEN to be excluded.
     
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    But it's their choice, not God's.
     
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    I hope so.
     
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    I've seen 'em wheezing on the dusty trails
    Their lungs said they was dyin'
    And still they ran in desert sun
    They'd keep up, or die tryin'.

    A sorry lot they mostly were
    They're over compensating,
    Rejected kids from whence they came
    They thumbed their nose at Satan.

    A scragglier bunch I never seen
    No supermen were they
    But they got up at the crack of dawn
    To do their duty every day.

    I patched 'em when they broke themselves
    And they broke themselves a lot
    I'd call for helocopters
    To get then to a cot.

    But if I found that I was in a fix
    And needed someone at my back
    Those losers of the First Mar Div
    Would be my first choice, Jack.
     

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