Posted by: morgan1965 | November 21, 2010

I Am Still Praying for Miners

I am still praying for miners in West Virginia and around the world. On April 11, 2010, I shared a posting titled, “A Prayer for Miners.” This prayer was offered in the midst of the Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in which 29 miners lost their lives and two other miners were injured. All miners need our continuing prayers, regardless of their location in the world.

On October 19, 2010 a mine explosion was reported in China. At least 32 miners died in this incident. On November 20, 2010 the world received word that a mine had collapsed after an explosion in New Zealand. This drama is yet unfolding.

On November 13, 2010, after 69 days underground, the miners began to emerge from a Chilean mine where there had been an earlier mine shaft collapse on August 5, 2010. There were 33 missing miners who survived the whole ordeal, and were rescued in relatively good physical condition.

There are several observations that can be made about the survival and eventual rescue of the Chilean miners. First, the miners worked together. There was teamwork and partnership. These miners realized that, if they had any chance of survival, they had to work together.

Second, the miners received help from outside of the mine. They received food, water, medical supplies and other needed goods. Their resources were not sufficient to enable them to survive long enough for their eventual rescue. From the outside they received the prayers of the people. We were praying together as a global community. These trapped miners received encouragement from the supporters and rescuers from the outside.

Third, the miners received help that came from beyond Chile. Other nations partnered with Chile to aid in the rescue. These nations pooled their technical resources and collaborated in the process of staging the eventual rescue of all of the miners.

Are there any lessons here for church folk? Think about it!

A Prayer: Dear God, please continue to hold all miners in your hands. Be a fence all around them as they do their work on behalf of humankind. Keep their families in your care and comfort as daily they wait for the return home of their loved one. May it be so, in the name of Jesus. Amen

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