A Coal Miner's Prayer for all Miners

A Coal Miner's Prayer for all Miners

There are 23 comments on the story from Feb 29, 2008, titled A Coal Miner's Prayer for all Miners. In it, reports that:

Everyday, around the world there are men and women who risk their lives to harvest the coal and other commodities that make your life brighter and provide many of those "necessities" of life .

Let us take a minute and remember those around the world who have given their lives while working in, not just the coal mines, but all mines.

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, Lord,

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, Lord.

Where the sun never shines,

Cause it get mighty weary

Down there in the mine.

But I’d rather be me, Lord.

Though no riches I show,

Though tired and weary.

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.

By Margie McAlaster

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Port Republic, VA

#1 Feb 29, 2008
I fully agree with the miners pray any miner anywhere in this old world is my hero no matter the race or color underground we are all the same and as such we should band together to force mine safety world wide. and as I have spent my time in hell also we should all go to heaven.

Istanbul, Turkey

#2 Mar 3, 2008
He tells all the truth for mining.


Vinton, VA

#3 Oct 14, 2008
its good to know there are people out there who understand a coal minner. And not think were all just a bunch of hillbillys.
steve cantrell

West Liberty, KY

#4 Dec 11, 2008
it talls the story of all miners

Teays, WV

#5 Jan 6, 2009
its good to know that someone cares about is down in them mines, im only 21 and have been working for three years but i alreadt feel old and wore out but i love the coalmine and always will,and yea your right it is a pit of hell
sick em sam

Teays, WV

#6 Jan 6, 2009
ypu damn right its a pit of hell iwork in west virgina in that old number 35 mine in gary and i love it i run a miner and love it too

United States

#7 Mar 13, 2009
Yep, there are people out there who understand & have great respect for miners. You all are doing a hard and dangerous job & I thank you for your time and sacrifice. I think miners are the salt of the earth.

New London, MN

#8 Aug 12, 2009
My husband is a coal miner in Colorado and these brave men and women dont get the respect they so greatly deserve. So I would like to thank you for this poem!
Pearl W from PA

Allison Park, PA

#9 Aug 15, 2009
I'm sure God has heard this special prayer which applies to so many. My son is in mine safety management and I pray everyday for his safety when he needs to go down in the mine. I'll never understand why he chose the mining part of engineering but he cares deeply for those people in that "pit of hell" and I know he will do all he can to make it as safe as possible. God Bless you all.

Greenwood, AR

#10 Oct 12, 2009
My husband is a Coal Miner, and I pray for him every day. He is in Colorado right now at Mine rescue training. Thank you for this post.

Rohnert Park, CA

#11 Dec 2, 2009
I've been reading about the coal mining industry including working conditions and I find all of it very interesting. Coal miners are very strong for the hardships they go through each day and I would like to know more. Any coal miner out there willing to be shortly interviewed for my research paper (questions will range from lifestyle to personal opinion of the business, and experiences...)?

Please email me at [email protected]

To all coal miners: Your work is very much appreciated. THANK YOU.
Lorrie Combs

Oak Hill, WV

#12 Apr 5, 2010
My husband Adam has done his training and everything, he was recently working at performance coal and got laid off, today that mine exploded, God truely must have a plan for us all, my dad had the day off today, but had he not he'd been there, i have many freinds down there right now waiting for news about their husbands, sons, and uncles, cousin, its heartbreaking..... thanks for this prayer....
Alene Thompson

Christchurch, New Zealand

#13 Nov 22, 2010
I wanted to re write this poem for the 29 Pike River miners, Greymouth, New Zealand and their families and put it up on my facebook page but it is too long...5 days since the explosion now and our miners have had no connection with the outside world...if in fact they are still alive...Please pray for these courageous Grand fathers,uncles, nephews, fathers, brothers and sons, and hope for their very safe return!!
Coal Miners Daughter

United States

#14 Mar 9, 2011
May God be with u all. My family is born and bread in the coal mines of southwest va. Its what we do, its what we take pride in, its who we are! No matter what state or what hole you crawl in every miner in the world has my respect and prayers for safety each day and night.

Barboursville, WV

#16 Jun 6, 2011
I just thought I would share this link to a song I just heard about coal mining. It's supposed to have been written by a WV woman. It goes hand-in-hand with this poem that was posted! Here is the link to the song: www.reverbnation.com/stephaniedeskins

I hope I posted that right!
S Dehart

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Sep 29, 2011
My husband is a red hat at age 25. If asked why he left his secure welding job to start over at the bottom of the chain underground. He will say "Coal Mining is in my blood, its what my papaw established our family on". He is a 4th generation miner. His son and I could not be more proud that he is "covered in coal in West Virginia". Thank you to all the miners past and present for keeping the light on!
M Carroll Wgtn NZ

Auckland, New Zealand

#20 Nov 19, 2011
19 November 2010 - Pike River disaster anniversay (1 year 19/11/2011). The prayer gives me solace and I hope the same is for the families associated with Pike River and for all families that are associated with mining throughout the world.

Pittsburgh, PA

#21 Sep 3, 2012
sick em sam wrote:
ypu damn right its a pit of hell iwork in west virgina in that old number 35 mine in gary and i love it i run a miner and love it too
sorry i hit wrong button on computer meant 2 say I totally agree with you

Pittsburgh, PA

#22 Sep 3, 2012
Sorry I hit wrong button on computer. I Totally agree with your comment it is not spam
walter madzimure

Satellite Provider

#24 Oct 26, 2012
ob 28

King James Version (KJV)

28 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.

2 Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.

3 He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.

4 The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.

5 As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.

6 The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

7 There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:

8 The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.

9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?

13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.

16 It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.

17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.

18 No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.

19 The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?

21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.

22 Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.

23 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.

24 For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;

25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

26 When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:

27 Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.

28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

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