Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Cowboy Christmas

Since Christmas is just around the corner and my release this month is called A Cowboy Christmas (Dec 09) I thought it fitting to share Omar Barker's famous Christmas Prayer Poem. Trust a Cowboy to whittle down the true meaning of Christmas!

By S. Omar Barker (1894-1985)

I ain't much good at prayin', and You may not know me, Lord-
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 grass,
Aware of Thy kind spirit in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback and the livestock 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 no 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 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 aim to do my 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'll ask You, Lord: Just help us what you can
To save some seeds of freedom for the future sons of man.

Wishing all of our blog readers and their loved ones a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year--Ti yi yippee-yippee-yay!

A Cowboy Christmas
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PamStone said...


Wonderful Christmas Prayer. And congrats on A Cosboy Christmas. Great cover.

PamStone said...

Cowboy Christmas. Sorry, having trouble typin today.

Anonymous said...

Love the prayer. After reading A Cowboy Christmas, I'll just have to prop the book up on my desk so that I can gaze at the cover...and get no work done. You get the hottest guys on your covers! They're up there with Linda Lael Miller's models!

Marin Thomas said...

Hi Gals

Thanks for dropping by! I really like that prayer, too..well, I just plain like Cowboys. I ran into a 6'8" cowboy in San Antonio over Thanksgiving and wished I'd been 20 years younger :-)


Linda Henderson said...

Lovely prayer, thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the A COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS PRAYER By S. Omar Barker review. It was nice going through your blog. I will buy my copy today.