A King’s Kindness

A True Story of King George V of England

There are many poor men suffering from their service in the first Great War. Some have lost their sight, some their limbs, many are paralysed or crippled, lots are as deaf as posts, others have lost their reason.

There was one very sad case. A poor soldier, Jim Martin, was found on the battlefield quite blind, and dread- fully hurt as well. He was picked up and carried to a place of safety. To save his life both arms had to be removed. There he lay in hospital, with no eyes, and no arms. Jim had no hope for this world or the next. Wretched and miserable, he longed to die.

One day he said, "Nurse, do ask the doctor to put an end to me." Not knowing how to reply, she fetched the doctor, who said, "No, I cannot do that; you must cheer up." It is all very well to tell a miserable sufferer to cheer up; it is quite another matter for him to obey.

The poor blind, armless soldier called out again, ’Nurse, will you write to the King, and ask him if the doctor may put an end to my life?" It was a childish speech; but the nurse was very sorry for her patient. He was getting so feverish; so just to satisfy him she promised to write to the King. She really kept her word.

One day King George V received a letter telling him all about poor Jim, who has been so terribly injured. The King has a kind heart, and though he leads such a busy life, he finds time to think about many people. His thoughts are very tender towards all the men who have been wounded in his service. He does his best to help them, and to make their lives more happy and comfortable. So he just pictured to himself blind Jim in his hospital bed, waiting so eagerly to get the King’s letter to say he might die. He thought, he shall not wait a minute longer than I can help. I will have a telegram sent to him directly.

In the military ward the nurse walked smartly along. "The King has sent you a telegram; I will open it and read it to you." The soldier listened in wonder, while the wonderful words were read out: "Your King has need of you still - letter following." Only a few short words, but how they changed that man’s life. His face brightened, for the first time for weeks he smiled. His very voice sounded different, full of hope and cheerfulness. "Oh, Nurse!" he said, "only think of it, he wants me still!"

Later on His Majesty’s letter arrived to explain that Jim need not wish to die any more, When he was well enough, a place would be found for him in the King’s Palace. He would not lead an idle life, he should have employment. The King thought he could easily be a messenger in his Palace, and carry his messages from one room to another.

So it really happened that the poor blind, armless Jim became a happy, useful man in the King’s Palace, and as far as we know he is living there still.

There is another King, dear children, a greater than George V. He is called "King of kings, and Lord of lords." He is always sending gracious invitations to poor hopeless, helpless sinners to come and live with Him, and serve Him in His Heavenly Palace. His invitations give dying people the desire to live eternally.

He sends good news to the blind, kind words to the lame and the crippled, thoughts of hope and cheer to the deaf and dumb, and tender loving messages to the aged and the little ones.

He makes the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear. He gives new strength to the old, and the little ones He takes in His arms and blesses.

It is a great thing for blind Jim, who has not hands or arms, to live with King George in his Palace, and wear his uniform and serve him. But think what it means for poor vile sinners to be clothed in Christ’s righteousness, and washed white in His blood. David tells us in Psalm 45:15, "They shall enter into the King’s Palace."

"Little children will be there, Who have sought the Lord by prayer."


This story was taken from "Old Corners Turned Out, For Our Young Friends," Volume Three, By Mercie Boorne