In the Hills of West Virginia

HOLY MANNA (“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens”)


In the hills of West Virginia—

coal land wrapped in forest-green— 

generations raise their children;

hear the flowing mountain stream. 



     God, we pray you'll walk beside us 

     through the hollows, through our tears. 

     Hold us close to lead and guide us 

     through the ever-flowing years. 


Then one day a train came rumbling—

countless hours of endless storm. 

Rains came pounding, floods came crashing; 

Hear the land and people mourn. 




Friends and strangers, schools and churches

Gather now to serve as one.

Gifts abound when we’re together—

Hear the streams of healing run.




Tune:  William Moore, 1825.

Alternative Tune:  “Come Ye Sinners”

Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

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Permission is given for free use to churches supporting WV relief work.

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