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A Cowboy's Prayer



Jake, the rancher, went one day
To fix a distant fence
The wind was cold and gusty
And the clouds rolled, gray and dense
As he pounded the last staples in
And gathered tools to go
The temperature had fallen
And the snow began to blow

When he finally reached his pickup
He felt a heavy heart
From the sound of that ignition
He knew it wouldn't start
So Jake did what most of us would do
If we'd have been there
He humbly bowed his balding head
And sent aloft a prayer

As he turned the key for the last time
He softly cursed his luck
They found him three days later
Frozen stiff in that old truck
Now Jake had been around in life
And done his share of roamin'
But when he saw Heaven
He was shocked, it looked just like Wyomin'

Of all the saints in Heaven
His favorite was St. Peter
So they set and talked a spell or two
Or maybe it was three
Nobody was keepin' score
In Heaven time is free
"I've always heard," Jake said to Pete
"That God will answer prayer
But one time I asked for help
And, well He just plain wasn't there

Does God answer prayers of some
And ignores the prayers of others?
That don't seem exactly square
I know all men are brothers
Or does he randomly reply
Without good rhyme or reason?
Maybe, it's the time of day
The weather or the season

Now I just ain't trying to act smart
It's just the way I feel
And I was wonderin', could you tell me
What the heck's the deal?"
Peter listened very patiently
And when Jake was done
There were smiles of recognition
And he said, "So, you're the one!"

That day your truck wouldn't start
And you sent your prayer a flying
You gave us all a real bad time
With hundreds of us a trying
A thousand angels rushed to check
The status of your file
But you know, Jake, we hadn't heard
From you in quite a while

And though all prayers are answered
And God ain't got no quota
He didn't recognize your voice
And started a truck in South Dakota

So remember to keep in touch

~ Author Unknown ~

Dede's Note:
You know, so many of us take God so
for granted. Oh, we know just where to
go when we are in a bind and we'll not
hesitate to ask for His help then, but what
about all the times when He gives us so
many blessings on a daily basis.
You're alive, aren't you?
Did you sleep in a bed last night? Are you
breathing today? Do you have food and
water? Do you have a job? 
I think you get the picture. These are
all blessing from God and a zillion more,
that I don't need to mention.
When is the last time you let God hear
from you? He loves you and wants a
special relationship with you daily. 

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