LANE — Elsie Frost has noticed a pattern.
Frost comes up with a question, God provides an answer.
On July 30, 1989, Elsie and Clyde's son, Lane, tried to get away after an 85-point ride on a bull named Takin' Care of Business during the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.
However, the bull tossed his thick, muscled neck, striking the 5-foot-11, 140-pound cowboy in the back.
That day Lane's life ended at age 25.
“Why, God?” Elsie asked.
Lane had claimed the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's gold buckle as the world champion bull rider in 1987.
In 1988 he had won a series against the famed bucking bull Red Rock.
And most importantly to Elsie, he had committed his life to Christ in about 1988.
Everything was going so well.
Tuesday marks 24 years since that tragic day at Cheyenne. But then ...
Looking back, Frost said God has provided answers in many forms. Included was one that became apparent as Bibles given in memory of Lane were gone about as quickly as they could be printed.
A steady request
Soon the question became “How, God?” as in “How, God will I pay for these” Bibles?
“I started ordering like the smallest amount, and I never had enough money to pay for them when I ordered them,” Elsie said, “but by the time they came and the bill came and I had 30 days to pay the bill, the money would be there.
“That first order I think was about 750 Bibles or something like that. So then I started ordering 1,000 at a time, and then I started ordering 2,000 at a time, and now I order 10,000 at a time. We've given away about 270,000 of those Bibles.”
So someone who could have chosen to be bitter instead opted to use her son's death “to spread the word of eternal life.”
Who asks for the Bibles? Cowboy churches often want them to give away at special events.
A man in Texas donates money every month so she will send them to his pastor who lives in New Mexico and gives the Bibles away at motorcycle rallies. Occasionally vacation Bible schools with a Western theme want them for the children.
“I also get letters from lots of prisoners,” she said. “They've seen it in the prison, and they want one and I send them just one or two.”
But usually when she gets a request, someone wants a case of about 40 Bibles, or maybe more than one case, for a group.
“We tell everybody the Bibles are free, they cost about $2 apiece and so if you want to donate you can,” she said. “And of course most of them do donate when they order a case or more. They usually pay me enough. Sometimes even more than what it costs.
“God's always provided. So even sometimes when I expect to get payments and I don't, I just don't worry about it because God has accounted for that, and it's just really neat.”
The movie “8 Seconds,” about Lane Frost, was released in 1994. The results continue to astonish Clyde and Elsie.
They've received letters and phone calls from around the world.
They've received photos of and have met countless children named Lane in honor of their son.
They are still thankful for all these sincere acts of kindness. But there's more.
They also continue to receive opportunities to speak.
One of those came July 7 at the Freedom Assembly of God Church near Shawnee.
Lane's widow, Kellie Macy, who along with husband Mike Macy and their two children Aaron and Brogan live at Post, Texas, joined Elsie in speaking that day.
Reflecting on that day and what Clyde and Elsie mean to her, Macy's voice weakened and she began to softly cry.
“They have taught me unconditional love, strength and how to always tell the truth,” Kellie said of her relationship with Clyde and Elsie through the years.
“Never have we said an unkind word to one another. It's just like we've always been on the same page, and that just doesn't happen very often.”
Macy said she's watched how Clyde and Elsie instead of focusing on their loss, have appreciated what this has meant to others.
“You've just got to look at the blessing that it has brought to people.” Kellie said. “It's very easy to go to the negative in this world, but Clyde and Elsie have chosen to go on with their lives and to bless people in such a way that you give them life.
“They are amazing people.”
Elsie said although many of her questions have been answered, there's still pain.
She believes that has a purpose as well.
“When I'm speaking I never know when I'm going to cry,” Elsie said. “I just figure if I do, maybe God's going to touch somebody's heart through that.”