LaBeaver's Nature Walk

   Dr. LaBeaver, a self proclaimed atheist was walking through the woods.
"What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!"
he said to himself.

   As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes
 behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly charge towards

    He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder
 and saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his
 shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. He tripped and fell on
 the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear right
 on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his
 right paw to strike him.

   At that instant the LaBeaver cried out: "Oh my God!..."
 Time stopped.
 The bear froze.
 The forest was silent.

    As a bright light shone upon the cowering LaBeaver. A voice came out of the sky:
 "You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don't
exist, lie, cheat, steal and even credit creation to a cosmic accident.
Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament?
Am I to count you as a believer?"

 LaBeaver looked directly into the light, "It would be hypocritical
 of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps
 you could make the BEAR a Christian?"

 Said the voice. "Very well,"

 The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. Then the bear
 dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head and

 "Lord, bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty
 through Christ our Lord. Amen."