He looked up and saw a large group of at least a thousand people converging on the Pearly Gates.
Never having had this large of a group of people arriving at the same time in such a long while, he ran over to God and asked him what to do.
God told him, “Don’t worry, St. Peter. There has been a terrible storm and flood in New Orleans in the USA. That’s the reason for this large number of people from New Orleans all showing up at once in front of the Pearly Gates”.
So, St. Peter ran back to the Pearly Gates, arriving just in time to check the new arrivals in.
He then ran right back to God yelling, “They’re gone, they’re gone!”
God said calmly, “St. Peter, those thousand people from New Orleans could not be gone that quickly”.
St. Peter said, “No my Lord, the Pearly Gates! They’re gone!”
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