Posted by: morgan1965 | May 1, 2010

This Little Light of Mine

The service to memorialize the fallen West Virginia coal miners was held on Sunday, April 25, 2010. It was a moving and memorable event.

The service began with a “roll call” which was answered one by one by the surviving family members as they entered the service bearing the miner’s hat and light. The hats were placed on an individual cross where they remained for the duration of the service.

On a typical day, coal miners rise before daylight, and they go to work where they enter the darkened mines. Their personal light is an important piece of equipment because it provides a source of additional light in the midst of darkness. At certain times of the year, not only do they go to work in the darkness, it is dark when they emerge from their place of work.

There is a sense in which it can be said that coal miners, who work beneath the earth’s surface, extract coal which enables the public to have light produced in coal fired power plants. We owe them our gratitude.

When the service came to an end, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Male Chorus began to sing “This Little Light of Mine.” As this beautiful hymn reverberated throughout the assembly, the light on each miner’s hat was lighted one by one. Yes, this little light of mine.

This little light of mine,
I’m goin’-a let it shine,
This little light of mine,
I’m goin’-a let it shine;
This little light of mine,
I’m goin’-a let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

I will let my light shine, “everywhere I go; and I will let my light shine “all through the night.”

We honor the fallen miners and we are grateful to coal miners everywhere who labor on our behalf.

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