Tuesday, January 03, 2006

'A Prayer For West Virginia'

From Ronce Almond, my RD when I was in WV:

Friends,

Please keep your thoughts and hopes with the trapped miners of West Virginia. The mine at Sago is essentially in my hometown of Buckhannon in Upshur County. Our community is pulling together to support the miners and their families. In a place like my hometown, a miner’s death – any death – reaches intimately into each and every household.

Today I visited the National Cathedral and discovered the short prayer below (and attached). It expresses the hopes of my community better than any words or phrases I could begin to conjure.

A PRAYER FOR WEST VIRGINIA

Shine, O’Lord upon the homely mosaic of
West Virginia’s land: Upon her steep-hewn hills
and angled draws, her maple-strewn valleys and
ridges clad in mountain rhododendron.

Shine, Lord, upon her citizens, armed only with
freedom, scrappers all for such measure of
dignity as fearlessness and faith may win.

Shine, O God, into those deep recesses where
Thou has hidden abundant riches, that those
who dig in the earth, and whose watch for
their return, may know the radiance of Thy light
and the safety of Thy love.

Bright be the cleansing fire of Thy truth in the
hearts of the people, and in the public weal
of their common life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

- Rev. Francis B. Sayre, Jr., Dean Emeritus, Washington National Cathedral

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