Apr 06 2010

Praying for West Virginia Families!

The mining accident in West Virginia has been one of the toughest days in the state's history. Thanks for lifting them up in your prayers, and thanks for sharing your encouragement with them here. So that families are able to read your notes of encouragement.

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4/2/2010 8:49:44 PM
Emily United States
I moved from Charleston,WV to Oklahoma less than a year ago and my heart aches for those families. I have been praying and asking many of my "OK" friends to do the same. I am positive that our gracious Heavenly Father will provide comfort and strength as He has so many times before.  
4/2/2010 8:51:00 PM
Emily United States
My thoughts and prayers will continue for the weeks to come. God bless
4/2/2010 9:03:23 PM
melissa galindo United States
melissa galindo
My prayers are with the families in West Virginia.  May God take care of all the families there.  God is faithful to our prayers. He will take care of the people there.
Deuteronomy 7:9
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.

4/2/2010 9:14:30 PM
My thoughts and prayers will continue for the weeks to come. God bless
4/2/2010 9:15:05 PM
Kim United States
Praying for all the families in West Virginia.  May God bring each of you comfort and give you strength to face the days and weeks to come.  May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.  God bless!
4/2/2010 9:19:16 PM
Kim United States
Praying for all the families in West Virginia.  May God bring you comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead.  May He wrap His loving arms around you and bring you His peace.  God bless.
4/2/2010 9:29:03 PM
Melinda United States
I am so sorry for your loss; it is unimaginable, and the only way I could get through something is by faith.  Cling to this promise: "Be still (in all this chaos and turmoil, stop for just a period of time) and know (rest assured) that I am God"  You are all being supported and loved by prayer. Peace, blessings and Hope to you.
4/2/2010 9:30:42 PM
James United States
I am sorry for your loss. I want to share a verse someone shared with me during my own difficulties, Joshua 1:9: Haven't I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

and Jesus reiterated this in John 16:33: I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.

I pray for your healing and peace.
4/2/2010 9:30:44 PM
Holly United States
I am from West Virginia and lost 3 of my cousins in the explosion yesterday. I just wanted to Thank you all for your prayers,love, and support. Even in this tragic time, I know God hasn't left us. Thank You all soo much for your prayers,it means a lot to the families..God Bless!
4/2/2010 9:31:28 PM
Lisa Skinner United States
Lisa Skinner
Our prayers go out to all the families and friends of those that lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. May God wrap his arms around each and every one of you and comfort you in this time of loss. My favorite Bible verse in this time is...

Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
       he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
       He guides me in paths of righteousness
       for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
       through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
       I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff,
       they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
       in the presence of my enemies.
       You anoint my head with oil;
       my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
       all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
4/2/2010 9:32:27 PM
Victor United States
Part of my queit time this morning involved reading today's (April 6th) thoughts from the RBC "Our Daily Bread."  The story is about an evangelistic meeting in Ireland, with the speaker explaining what it means to abide in Christ and to trust Him completly in every trial.  In conclusion the evangelist stated "It means that in every circumstance you can keep on saying, 'For this I have Jesus.'"  
With a broken heart for the families and friends of this tragedy I stopped and prayed "For this we (all) have Jesus."  I will continue to pray.  
4/2/2010 9:33:54 PM
Emily United States
Some favorite Bible verses for the families and entire state of West Virginia:
Matt 11:28- Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest.

Hebrews 13:5-6; Be content with what you have, for God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." So say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; Iwill not be afraid."

1 Corinthians 14:33- For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

4/2/2010 9:34:31 PM
Melinda United States
Heavenly Father, Abba, Daddy...please come in a mighty way to our brothers and sisters in West Virginia and be a comfort to them in such a way there remains no room for doubt of your love and care.  For the people who don't know you, step in and make Yourself real to them. Let them see the faith of t  We ask that You put Your healing hand on the broken hearts, touch and uplift the spirits that are too weary to continue. Strengthen everyone who has chosen to come and support those who have suffered a loss. You are a Good God and we love you. Be a very real presence in West Virginia...
4/2/2010 9:49:06 PM
Michelle United States
I wanted to share my verse that I shared on the radio here as well as the facebook page. It was such a comfort to me and I just pray that it can be a comfort to the families of these amazing men as well.

Isaiah 41:10 " So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand"

Also I read an article about some of the miners who lost their lives. Here it is if you would like to read about them.

4/2/2010 10:00:00 PM
Melissa United States
A verse that has meant the world to me since I was a little girl and continues to mean the world to me through more the going home of more than 25 close friends and family members through my life is Proverbs 10:7  Good people will be remembered as a blessing, the wicked will soon be forgotten.  

To me, as hard as it is now, knowing that God has promised me that their memories WILL BE a blessing is comforting.

I will forever remember my loved ones as a blessing.  I pray that be encouragement to those all over but particularly W. VA.  
4/2/2010 10:01:15 PM
Lori United States
We are praying for you!
4/2/2010 10:04:33 PM
Niki Guthrie United States
Niki Guthrie
May God's arm be about those in W. Virginia at this tragic time.  I pray for comfort & rest to be about them at this time in Jesus name.  My heart goes out to them.  God bless.
4/2/2010 10:07:29 PM
Monica United States
I just want to say to all the families of the miners that I am so sorry.  I am praying for you.  
4/2/2010 10:07:50 PM
The Knight Family United States
The Knight Family
We are praying for everyone in West Virginia....Remeber God never leaves us nor forsakes us..Hebrews 13:5-6
Love in Jesus,
The Knight Family,
Mark, Susie, David, Naomi, Joshua and Isaac
Rocklin, CA
4/2/2010 10:13:23 PM
Julia United States
Just want to extend my condolences to all the families involved in the West Virginia tragedy. May God comfort you all and give you strength and peace!! I was reading my devotional guide this morning and I feel that God was giving me a scripture, not only for me, but for me to share. Five years ago today, my sister passed away. She was only in her 30s. It was very sudden...a shock.
The scripture I would like to share is:

Isaiah 51:11 "The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and (grief)shall flee away."
4/2/2010 10:22:15 PM
James United States
I was listening earlier to you and a lady made the comment about what some people say to the ones that are left behind from deadly accidents. The comment that is said often is 'It's all in God's plans'. But from what I've learned this week, that statement is a injustice to God.
We can all agree that God is about love. And with His love, He gave us the freedom of choice, whether or not we make good, correct choices, He still gives the freedom of choice. As a example, you as a parent love or child. You give them the freedom of choice because of your love for them. Do you take that freedom away when you know that they will be or are making a wrong or bad choice? NO, you let them make the choice and deal with the repercussions, and help them through the difficult times when they ask for help. God is the same way! GOD DOESN'T WANT BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN TO US. It's the choices that are being made here on earth influenced by Satan that cause these problems. Satan is the one that wants hurt, pain and death.
God is the one, when we ask for His help, that use, work or turns all things into good. For a more in depth look read the book, Finding the Father by Herb Montgomery
4/2/2010 10:24:28 PM
Matt United States
"Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning." -Psalms 30:5

"I will turn their  mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." -Jeremiah 31:13

Your cries will be heard and the LORD will shower you with blessings. Cry to Him. My condolence be with the families of the fallen. Bless you all.
4/3/2010 3:36:40 AM
jason shultz United States
jason shultz
John 3:16 God so loved the world he gave his only begotten Son who so every believe in him shall not perrish but have ever lasting life.
4/3/2010 3:37:41 AM
Brenda United States
My prayers and concerns go out to all the families and to those that lost their loved ones. I will keep praying and I'm so sorry. I want to say to keep your faith in God. God loves you.  
4/3/2010 3:48:40 AM
JD Kaiser United States
JD Kaiser
Just wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims of the accident.  We will continue to praise you in this storm God.  Whenever I'm feeling down or like things aren't going how I want them to go that is one of the songs I listen to, "Praise you in this storm" by Casting Crowns.  Thanks Scott and Kelli for all you do!  KLOVE is the best and I listen to it almost all day!

JD Kaiser
4/3/2010 3:53:39 AM
Carol Whittemore United States
Carol Whittemore
My heart is hurting for the people of WV.  My Grandfather died in a coal mine accident years ago in Southern PA. A previous caller was right, we can't say anything that will help.  We can however do what our Jesus came to earth to show us how to do.  We have to "verb love" them. That is the term our family uses for loving with what we do, not what we say. I wish I could wrap my arms around them all and cry with them. Just be there, love them. We will continue to lift them in prayer.
4/3/2010 4:05:11 AM
Kathy United States
Dear families of the miners:

I am so sorry for your loss...I am praying that you will feel the comfort of Jesus holding you so securely.  Praying for strength, courage and peace for the days ahead.
4/3/2010 4:09:01 AM
Beth Peterson United States
Beth Peterson
May Jesus be your comfort and strength.  You are in our prayers.
4/3/2010 4:18:00 AM
connie United States
To the family and friends who have suffered a loss:  Your loss has touched our lives and our prayers are with all of you.  May you feel some comfort in knowing that you are in our hearts and never alone.  
4/3/2010 4:23:08 AM
Terri United States
Thank you all so much for the prayers. Please continue to pray for the miners/families. God is here....he is with this state and will get us through this.
4/3/2010 4:23:28 AM
Deblen United States
When I was eight my dad was killed in a mining accident.  My heart goes out to the families.  To those who will be ministering to these dear people I want to tell you what helped us or what made it harder for us.  One thing that hurt my big brother was people telling him he was now the man of the family.  It was too much for a 12 year old boy.  He had four little sisters and the wieght was too much for him.  Things that helped were the people that were there beyond the few weeks that followed.  There were holidays that they stepped up and helped us get through them.  Be there for them as long as it takes to really get their feet under them.  There is no answer to the question "Why?".  God be with you and these dear friends that you have lost.  He will wipe away all out tears when He comes back for us all.
4/3/2010 4:28:16 AM
Alisha United States
To the families of those lost and to the miners left behind: We have recently walked in your shoes. My husband is a flight paramedic. Two weeks ago, his company lost three precious people in a helicopter crash - a pilot and two flight nurses. To the families, you've lost a loved one, to the coworkers left behind, you've lost a loved one as well, and are left with the fear of your job, your livelyhood. Though your world is shaken, our God is unchanged. He is good and He is faithful. Cling to Him. May you be able to praise Him with songs like "I will Rise" by Chris Tomlin and "I will praise you in the storm" by Casting Crowns. May this tragedy bring many to know Christ. May this tragedy bring many to a deeper prayer life. May those affected feel the love, support and prayers of their family, friends and those across the world. For the miners left behind, as you seek God's will in returning to work, may you cling to Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and courageous, DO NOT BE AFRAID or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
4/3/2010 4:28:24 AM
Lisa United States
I am very sorry for the mining accident and I am praying for the friends and families of the miners.
4/3/2010 4:41:20 AM
Mr. && Mrs. Carpenter United States
Mr. && Mrs. Carpenter
Words cant describe what we are feeling for you right now, even more so, nothing touches what you are feeling, all of the families are in our prayers, and we pray that he touches your hearts and brings with it a peace you have never known.  Be Strong - Be Courageous.
4/3/2010 4:55:52 AM
LayLa S. United States
LayLa S.
I live in West Virginia and the mine was about 2 hours away from my house, and when I heard about it I didnt rly blieve it, i know of 2 women now widoes who are under the ge of 30 and lost there husbands and its jus a very sad thing to go threw, but with God, K-Love and the prayers of everyone it will be much easier.
4/3/2010 5:09:21 AM
Allison United States
I am from Southern WV and my heart is breaking for these men and their families.  I have people that I know who work in the mines and when they go to work there families don't know if they will return.  I can't imagine working in that environment without having GOD in their lives.  I know that through this time you may feel as if GOD has left you but he hasn't he loves you and will never leave you.  Here is my favorite poem:

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Many scenes of my life flashed across the sky  In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand  Sometimes there were two sets of footprints  Other times there were one set of footprints  This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow, or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints  So, I said to the Lord  "You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always  But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there have been only one set of footprints in the sand  Why, when I have needed you most you have not been there for me?"  The Lord replied, "My child, the times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand are the times when I have carried you"
4/3/2010 5:11:55 AM
Linda United States
My heart goes out to all of the families & friends of those who were lost, and to the state of West Virginia, as you mourn together this devastating loss.  Know that many, many people in this country are thinking of you with love and concern and offering up prayers on your behalf.  May God's great love envelope you and comfort you in your sorrow.  Know that He feels every tear you shed...
4/3/2010 5:12:33 AM
Chelsea United States
A verse that I heard on Good Friday really speaks for this tragedy.

"Weeping may last for the night, but rejoicing (joy) comes with the morning." Psalms 30:5

I hope all those that lost loved ones in this accident realize that their sorrow may last for the night, but in the morning their joy shall return because all those who lost their lives are with our mighty God in Heaven.

Praying for those in W. Virginia.
4/3/2010 5:18:04 AM
kim United States
I wanted to share something I was just shown on a local news web site in West Virgina....

let's show people what Proud West Virginian's we are and turn on our porch light at 9 PM tonight!

-- if by some chance you don't have one, go to the porch and light a candle, in the memory of ALL coal miners lost and those that are missing and we pray for tonight, as well as all miners to show our appreciation!

May God's love shine thru each of us!  
4/3/2010 11:26:18 AM
Chris United States
The LORD is with you to give you comfort and love in your time of need.  Lean heavily on Him.  My prayers are with you and your families.
4/3/2010 11:33:02 AM
Brandi United States
I am from a very small town in Western Kentucky, and my heart breaks for West Virginia.  As I was driving home from work today this bible verse came to mind. My family suffered a unexpected, heart breaking loss when a family member suddenly died at the age of 27. This verse help many in our family, maybe it might help someone in WV. Exodus 23:20 says, "I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared." (NIV)  Hopefully in time they can all take comfort in knowing this, the same way we did.
May God's love and mercy be with you ALL!
In Christ
4/3/2010 11:45:34 AM
Kendra United States
  There are so many things taken away from us here on earth such as loved ones that our Gracious Savior allowed the sweet West Virginia families to bear. I have lost two of my immediate loved family members to an undesired death. We might not unerstand why God has allowed us to experience such a loss, but this is where, I believe, trust and faith in our Lord takes ruit. He is the Master who knows how to work through tagedy to bring overall benefits into our lives. He's the One to turn to in trust.
  The extreme HURTFUL PAIN that the mining trauma brought I want to encourage each family member of those who did lose a loved one to not loose heart over this. God has a plan of how to use our loss to not only teach us to depend more on Him & become stronger, but also for us to experience more of His love, peace, & mercy. My heart hurts and grieves for all of the ones that feel buried w/ pain due to this trauma. I'm on my knees praying that the Lord Almighty will totally surround you guys w/ His comforting love.
4/3/2010 2:32:22 PM
Lori Jo & Family United States
Lori Jo & Family
Our prayers are with you all, those who lost a loved one and those who are comforting those that have lost a love one. Our Father knows your pain, sorrow, confusion, even anger. Talk to Him, pour your heart out to Him...He is the lifter of your head, He cares for you more that you can ever imagine. He IS love. He wants you to call out, Abba Father...crawl up in His lap and talk to Him, cry with Him, let Him carry you through the days/weeks/years ahead!  Please know, that my family (Oceanside, CA) is praying for you all!!
May you find the Joy of the Lord and let Him comfort you!  Love and prayers
4/4/2010 6:57:30 PM
brit United States
be on the rock in the storm not in the sand. i don't know what a teenager like me can say, i know my prayers will get to you, but the only good words are the words of the HOLY BIBLE.
May God Be With You.
Love Brit
4/4/2010 7:18:01 PM
Collin Denton United States
Collin Denton
I am 14 and i listen to k-love every day as i do my geometry homework.  I heard about the mining incident on the news and just wanted to let the families know i am praying for them.
4/4/2010 7:20:09 PM
Deanna United States
May all those affected by the tragic loss be engulfed by the love of the Awesome Creator of the universe. May you feel His comforting presence even though your heart is broken. He is the healer of broken hearts and He loves us enough to sacrifice His own Son to redeem us back to Him. Let His strength carry you through. May you rest in the palm of His hand. And as Phil Wickham's song says we are safe in His arms.
4/4/2010 7:34:14 PM
Taylor United States
My family has never experienced severe loss...at least in my lifetime. So, being honest here, I have no idea what those miners families are experiencing right now. Nontheless, my prayers go out to them.
4/5/2010 4:04:19 AM
Jessica United States
I'm so sorry for everything you're going through. I'm praying for you. I'm praying that God gives you strength and comfort, and that His love surrounds you.
4/5/2010 4:32:59 AM
Tamela United States
I live about 15 minutes from this mine in West Virginia and just wanted to thank everyone who is praying for the people in this area.  I have been praying for the families, the rescuers, the ministers who are working with the families and anyone else who is touched by this tragedy.  

I have several members of my extended family and many of my friends who work in the mines, they are all safe.   It was still very hard for wives to send their husbands to work last night and yesterday underground.  

Again, thanks for your prayers and scripture.  We are all mourning whether it was our friend or family or not, it could have been.  

4/5/2010 12:34:46 PM
Danielle United States
Yesterday you requested that we provide a bible verse for the mining families who lost a loved one to let them know that our nation is praying for them.  I sat there and tried to think of one, but nothing came to mind that would be appropriate.  I prayed about it last night, since I know how hard it is to lose an immediate family member...and turning to God is what helped me cope.  My heart goes out to these people...their lives will be forever changed, and no one may ever know why their loved ones lives were cut short.  I pray that God puts people into their lives that will provide love and nurturing acts for these families.  This morning during my devotional time, I came across a bible verse that is perfect and I am convinced that God answered my prayer for the verse.

Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy.  Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Another book that may help some of these families (or anyone else for that matter) is one that I just finished reading.  It's called "90 minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper.  It's an amazing book that talks about life, his death, Heaven, and his life after coming back to life.  It talks of how his experience and trauma allowed him to help people who went through a lot of the same problems he did.  More importantly, he provides a vivid description of Heaven.  To know where my loved ones and other's loved ones are in this spectular place that most of us can only guess of what it is like, it is wonderful to hear his experience.
4/6/2010 1:07:00 PM
Terry Katzman United States
Terry Katzman
Hebrews 4:13  "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."

May our loving God, who knows and sees everything, give comfort to each and everyone of you as you go through this difficult journey in life.  When you are at loss for words to pray, may the Holy Spirit help you in your weakness.  For when we do not know what we ought to pray for, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans 8:26). And may our God who is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble be with you (Psalm 46:1).
4/7/2010 5:41:40 PM
Peri United States
My heart goes out to the the families who lost someone in the mines.You are in my prayers.
May God walk beside you thru your personal valley and always.
4/8/2010 4:05:37 PM
Angie United States
To the families, you are in my prayers daily.  I pray that you have peace during this diffcult time. Remember that God is right there with you and will never leave you.
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