‘There Is a Balm in Gilead’

I just came from another wonderful zoom church worship service!  Pastor Kerry delivered a lovely message…and I pondered what a pleasant manner of sermon delivery, he has.  After I attend Sunday morning church service…I feel at peace.  There is a centering effect that the uniting of our church, has on me.

Carbondale has been having peaceful protests regarding the murder of Mr. George Floyd in Minnesota.   I again emphasis…peaceful protests…  I am not aware of as large of protests,  in our town since the latter 1960s.   These have been multi-racial protests and many white people walking alongside their African American brothers and Sisters!  My good friend, Jamie Sheffer, created a wonderful video of one of the events.  It brought tears to my eyes…it was inspiring!  As one of the speakers said in the film…’We are one race!’

This morning a member of our choir sang the old hymn, ‘There Is a Balm in Gilead.’

‘There is a balm in Gilead

To make the wounded whole.

There is a balm in Gilead

To heal the sin sick soul.’

‘Sometimes I feel discouraged,

and think my works in vain,

but then the Holy Spirit

Revives my soul again.’

‘Don’t ever feel discouraged,

for Jesus is your friend,

who, if you ask for knowledge,

Will never fail to lend.’

‘If you can not preach like Peter,

if you can not pray like Paul,

you can tell the love of Jesus,

Who died to save us all.’

The young man who sang this morning…blessed me!  Jamie’s documentation of a profound event in our town…captivated my imagination…

We are experiencing the Balm of Gilead…in the midst of our suffering…and it is a good and precious medicine…



3 responses

  1. This is how I’ve always lived – I treat people like they treat me, I give people the benefit of the doubt. But if you show me you don’t deserve it, I walk away. I’m no angel though, keep pushing me, insisting i think one way and i don’t think it’s right …….

    1. I appreciate your timely comment.

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