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Jake, And The Rancher’s Prayer

The following poem was sent to me yesterday. I enjoyed it so much, I had to share.

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 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 were there.
He humbly bowed his balding head
And sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key 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 .
So they sat 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 prayers,
But the one time I asked for help,
Well, he just 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 flying,
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 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 ‘!


– Bill Jones

  1. February 19, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Loved it…thanks for sharing!

  2. July 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM


    I just stumbled upon your blog & hoped you might welcome an email from me. My name is Allison and I work for a ministry called Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Alabama. It’s an INCREDIBLE ministry and I am so so proud to work for them. Anyway! I just discovered this great organization called Steer Inc. and am on the search for ranchers across the nation! Have you heard of Steer Inc.?? I would love any and all networking help you could give me!! I have no idea if this would be something any of your followers would be interested or if someone you might know would be interested but I’d LOVE to hear back from you. Regardless, your blog is great!! Have a wonderful day!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      August 28, 2011 at 8:49 PM

      I apologize for not responding sooner. I am familiar with both CCC and Steer Inc., both are great programs. I appreciate your taking the time to comment here. I look forward to discussing possible networking opportunities. I have deleted your email address from your post, as I am not sure that you want it public. You do have mine from the blog. Feel free to shoot me an email with thoughts, ideas or questions. I look forward to the dialogue.

  1. February 19, 2011 at 9:10 AM

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