God Made a Coal Miner (WV edition)

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God Made a Coal Miner

And on the eighth day, God looked down on His planned paradise with all of its natural resources buried deep beneath the ground and said, “I need a hard worker”.  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need somebody I can depend on to dig the coal that’ll power the world that I have made.”  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I’ve placed more coal in West Virginia than almost anywhere else in the world.  So I need a hard worker who makes his home in places like Brushton,  Logan, Williamson or Man …or, in communities like Seng Creek, Rock Creek, Lick Creek, Camp Creek or Short Creek…or, in towns like Whitesville, Coalton, Beckley, Chapmanville, Ramage, Harts Creek or Seth.  Prenter, and Gilbert, Bloomingrose or Drawdy.  Or who was born and raised in Bim, Twilight, Wharton and Van, Madison or Danville or Julian.”  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone willing to get up before dawn, feed the dogs, drive to the mine site, work all day, drive home, feed the dogs again, mow the grass, eat supper, help with homework, plow the garden, check on the neighbor, and then coach his son or daughter’s ball game.”  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone with a strong work ethic.  One who’ll crawl around all day on his knees, or his back or his belly, in the cold or in the mud or in water over his boots–and at the end of the day be happy if the boss man says, “would you double back”?  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone who understands what “feast or famine” and “boom or bust” really mean.  God said, “I need somebody who appreciates the value of a hard-earned dollar and the exhaustion that follows a hard day’s work.  I need somebody who would be happy to wear new boots yet humble enough to wear old ones with cereal box tops serving as makeshift insoles.  I need somebody who honors his obligations and who’ll drop everything to go help a neighbor who is in need”.  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone willing to risk his life every day to feed and clothe his family and to keep the lights on for others.  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone who can work closely with others and develop the bonds of brotherhood with his co-workers — his section crew, a tight-knit group of men who would act as advisors, counselors, therapists and all-around problem-solvers for each other…somebody affectionately known only by his nick-name to his crew…names like dum-dum, grumpy, square head, or fat head, slate dump or even rain-crow.  So God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone who is tough enough to dig coal with a pick-axe and shovel and to tame that mammoth machinery both on and beneath the earth, yet tender enough to raise a family who loves God, and each other, and his country.” So, God made a coal miner.

God said, “I need someone who wants more than a mining life for his son, yet who laughs, and then sighs, and then replies with smiling eyes when his son says he wants to spend his life “doing what dad does.”  So, God made a coal miner.

 

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