There is a Balm in Gilead, the Song and the Story

Negro Spirituals Include a Song Called There is a Balm in Gilead

Freedom Found Here
For the African American slave, life held out little hope. The idea of release from bondage and pain was uppermost in their thoughts. Their hearts cried out for freedom -- hope that freedom would come during their earthly lifetime, and surely in the life hereafter. And so was borne a group of songs known as Negro Spirituals.

The melodies and rhythm sound of Africa. The words tell of hope mingled with despair, with faith in the midst of great trial, and strength to rise up against all odds. The haunting beauty of the Negro Spiritual stays with us as a reminder of people who suffered a terrible injustice, and of a God who is bigger than the greatest human plight.

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.

Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work's in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.


If you can't preach like Peter,
If you can't pray like Paul,
Just tell the love of Jesus,
And say He died for all.


Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?&rdquo: (Jeremiah 8:22)
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” (I Peter 2:24)

Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen



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