There is a balm in Gilead (idea)
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|A traditional African-American [spiritual], based on text in [Jeremiah] in the [old testament]. [Jeremiah 8|"Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?"] The [hymn] answers his question - there is healing in [Gilead] through the [Holy Spirit].
Gilead, near the river [Jordan], was famed for its physicians and also for a [balm] made from a tree particular to the area. The balm was renowned far and wide for its healing powers.
The tune is very uplifting. I always feel strangely triumphant after we sing it in my [choir].
Some times I feel discouraged,
If you can’t preach like [Peter],
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