Coal Miners Prayer (2/7/13)

We lost another Coal Miner yesterday in Kanawha County...it is the 1st mining related death in West Virginia this year...the miner whose name has not been released yet was working at the Blue Creek Prep Plant near Malden

We have again been reminded just how dangerous mining is...and for the family of this lost miner and all coal miners this morning....

Take a look at these hands, Lord.
They’re worn and rough.
My face scarred with coal marks. My language is tough.
But you know in the heart lies the soul of a man.
Who toils at a living that few men can stand.

There’s sulphur and coal-dust and sweat on my brow.
To live like a rich man — I’d never learn how.
But if you’ve got a corner when my work is through.
I’d be mighty proud to live neighbors with you.

Each dawn as I rise, Lord, I know all to well
I face only one thing — a pit filled with Hell.
To scratch out a living the best that I can.
But deep in this heart lies the soul of a man.

With black-covered faces and hard calloused hands,
We ride the dark tunnels, our work to begin.
To labor and toil as we harvest the coal.
We silently pray, “Lord, please harvest our souls!”

Just a corner in Heaven when I’ve grown too old.
And my back it won’t bend, Lord to shovel the coal.
Lift me out of the pit where the sun never shines,
‘Cause it gets mighty weary down here in the mine.

But I’d rather be me, Lord, Tho’no riches I show,
Though tired and wary, I’m just glad to know
When the Great Seal is broken the pages will tell
That I’ve already spent my time in Hell.