Posted by: morgan1965 | April 11, 2010

A Prayer for Miners

God of our weary days, the waiting is over and we now know that 29 miners lost their life in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster. We know that you have been present with the bereaved families and we ask that you would continue to comfort them and care for them in this time of grief and sorrow. We thank you for your caring and comforting presence.

We continue to pray for the healing of the two miners who survived the explosion. We ask that you would restore them to health and wholeness. Give strength to their families as they provide loving care.

We thank you for surrounding the rescue teams with your arms of protection, giving them strength and courage to perform a dangerous task. Let them know that their efforts were not in vain, but an important part of the human response in the face of tragedy. We are also grateful for all responders – clergy, doctors, nurses, volunteers, police, fire personnel and all other helpers.

We deeply appreciate the miners, who daily enter into the mines in West Virginia and around the world in an effort to provide resources for our use. We care about them and we pray for their ongoing safety and good health.

Gracious God, help us to embrace the poet’s faith as we bring our deep concerns to you:

“Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out;
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”

Lord, bring us out and grant us faith to embrace your peace. Amen

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