In the middle of a forest, there was a hunter who was suddenly confronted by a huge, mean bear. In his fear, all attempts to shoot the bear were unsuccessful.
Finally, he turned and ran as fast as he could. The hunter ran and ran and ran, until he ended up at the edge of a very steep cliff. His hopes were dim.
Seeing no way out of his predicament, and with the bear closing in rather quickly, the hunter fell to his knees, opened his arms, and exclaimed, "Dear God! Please give this bear some religion!"
The skies darkened and there was lightning striking everywhere. Just a few feet short of the hunter, the bear came to abrupt stop, and glanced around somewhat confused.
Suddenly, the bear looked up into the sky and in a very human voice, said, “Thank you, God, for the food I am about to receive...”