By Clem McSpadden Modified: July 8, 2008 at 9:42 am •  Published: July 8, 2008

Our gracious and Heavenly Father,

We pause in the midst of this festive occasion,

mindful and thoughtful of the guidance that You

have given us.

As cowboys, Lord, we don't ask for any special favors.

We ask only that you will let us compete in this

arena as in life's arena.

We don't ask that we never break a barrier, draw

a steer that won't lay, draw around a chute-fighting

horse or a bull that is impossible to ride.

Help us compete in life as honest as the horse we

ride and in a manner as clean and pure as the wind

that blows across this western country.

So, when we make that last ride, that we know is

inevitable, to the country up there — where the grass

is green and lush and stirrup high and the water runs

crystal clear and deep, You will tell us, as we enter

that Arena, our entry fees are paid.

We ask these things in Christ's name.

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