Author Unknown, From Billie

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, the wind and 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
had 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 roaming.
But when he saw Heaven, he was shocked - it
looked just like Wyoming!

Of all the saints in Heaven, his favorite was
St. Peter.
(Now, this line ain't needed but it helps
with rhyme and meter)

So they set and talked a minute or two, or
maybe it was three.
Nobody was keeping' 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, well, he just
plain wasn't there."

"Does God answer prayers of some, and ignore
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 ain't trying to act smart, it's just
the way I feel.
And I was wondering', 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, it wouldn't start, and
you sent your prayer a
You gave us all a real bad time, with
hundreds of us 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 long 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 Minnesota."


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