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Rescue teams are still searching for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 miners yesterday at Massey Energy Co.’s huge Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston. It was the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than 20 years. Officials admitted this morning that chances are slim that the miners survived.

“All we have left is hope, and we’re going to continue to do what we can,” said Kevin Stricklin, an administrator for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. “But I’m just trying to be honest with everybody and say that the situation does look dire.”

Let’s offer pray for the miners and their families….

“God, we live in a dangerous world. It is a wonderful world full of blessings, but sometimes disasters intrude into our lives. We do not understand why, but we do trust you through these times. We pray today for miners and their families in West Virginia. We pray for those still missing. We pray for those searching for them. God, if any still survive, may they be rescued soon. We pray specifically for those who have lost loved ones in this explosion. Give them peace and comfort. You promise to comfort those who mourn and to be very close to them. As they begin to face this tragic day reach out to them through the love and support of those who care for them. You are a God who gives comfort. God, we also ask for peace for the thousands of others who must return to work today in coal mines across our nation. Give them peace and confidence today. Uphold their families as well. And give officials and mine owners and supervisors wisdom to maintain and increase safety in these work places. We thank you for the gift of energy. On this sad day, provide your blessed best in surprising ways. In Jesus…”

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