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Tales from the O-NO Ranch 8-23-10

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I have always believed in the power of prayer. There have been, I will admit, times when I believed that my prayers went unanswered. When Little Miss Martha lost her epic battle with cancer I was discouraged, lost a portion of my faith and wrote it off as something with unknown results.

I was sent a really cute story about a Baptist church down in, I believe it was Pleasanton, Texas. I could have my town wrong but it won’t change the results of the story. Here goes: It appears from the newspaper article (a true account) that a local bar owner had decided to add on to his business in hopes of making more profit. The Baptist church (I don’t know which one or if there is more than one) objected to this renovation of the bar. They had prayer meetings and started a prayer chain asking God in his wisdom and power to intervene and somehow keep this bar from expanding. This prayer effort went on right up until it came time for the bar to have its grand opening. The night before this event took place, a big thunderstorm hit the town and lightning hit the bar, burning it to the ground.

Well, gentle readers, you can only imagine the rush and maybe a little boost to the egos of the church members. I mean, for Pete’s sake, when you have a private pipeline to the Big Guy and he honors your request, why would you not walk a little taller and speak a little louder?┬áIt appears some of the church members were speaking a little louder until the bar owner decided to sue not only the church deacons but the whole congregation! It got really quiet as the deacons began to consider they might have a real problem on their hands. They often were heard to have said that they themselves had nothing to do with the bar being burned down. Not a single one of them or any other church member lit a match or cast a lightning bolt.

At the trial the judge, in all of his wisdom considered all the facts and was quoted as saying, “It appears to me, over here we have a bar owner that believes in the power of prayer and over here we have as complete congregation that does not!” Well, it didn’t say how the judge ruled, but it just points out how fickle the human condition can be at times.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.