Dennis Sun: Here In Wyoming, We Celebrate With A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer

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By Dennis Sun, Wyoming Livestock Roundup

From all of us at the Roundup to our readers, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas. Remember, the spirit of Christmas has not changed throughout the years and we need to keep the candle going. 

These days we’re not sure what normal is, but we do know the Spirit of Christmas is normal as it comes from the heart. The gifts our families provide us, which comes from the heart, are the best. Merry Christmas. 

A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer

By S. Omar Barker

I ain’t much good at prayin’ and You may not know me, Lord —

For I ain’t much seen in churches, where they preach Thy Holy Word.
But you may have observed me out here on the lonely plains,

A-lookin’ after cattle, feelin’ thankful when it rains.

Admirin’ Thy great handiwork.

The miracle of the grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit, in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night, and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on, remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain’t a preacher, Lord, but if You’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got for all men everywhere.

Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord.
Don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy the beds for them that’s sick and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride, no matter what we’re after,
And sorter keep us on Your side, in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen ol’ cows a-starvin’ – and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord, on Thy Good Christmas Night –
No man, no child, no woman and no critter on four feet
I’ll do my doggone best to help you find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord – ain’t got no business prayin’
But still I hope you’ll ketch a word or two, of what I’m sayin’:
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord –

I reckon You’ll agree –

There ain’t no Merry Christmas for nobody that ain’t free!
So one thing more I ask You, Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom for the future Sons of Man!

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