There is a balm in Gilead



Had a lunch yesterday with a couple of new and fast friends.  During lunch we spoke to the faith that we share.

As they were expatriates I asked them how difficult it is to broach the subject of religion in work environments.

And, they gladly replied that 95% of the natives in their country self-Identifiy as belonging to a particular religion.

I suppose that with such a high degree of monotheism, one is usually on safe grounds in such countries.

One of them also discussed her parent’s crossing over from the familial religion to a new one.  She spoke of deliverance from an unsuccessfully diagnosed medical illness being the principal catalyst.

Old Negro Spirituals

As for me, discovering “Old Negro Spirituals” awakened me to what is important, and what is not.

The Thomas Dorsey and Mahalia Jackson of world’s past evoke such a sweet, honest soul.


Anchored on “Jeremiah 8:22”:

Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?


Here is a moving tribute:

Balm in Gilead




References – Balm  in Gilead

References – Thomas Dorsey


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