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There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.
This is the chorus of one of my favorite Negro spirituals, There Is a Balm in Gilead. It’s based on Jeremiah 8:22: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (NIV).
The song has a number of verses, and there are many versions of each stanza. As a writer, the first verse speaks to me when I’m not motivated, when I’ve been rejected, or when I’m too distracted to write.
Sometimes I feel discouraged, and think my work’s in vain, but then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
The second verse encourages me because I am not very good at public speaking. To be honest, that’s why I prefer written communication to verbal. Many writers are like that, artisans of the written word but not gifted in public speaking.
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.
Christian writers are all about “telling the love of Jesus” to all who will read or listen. The last verse reminds us that Jesus will come to our aid when we need strength beyond our own.
Don’t ever feel discouraged, ’cause Jesus is your friend, and if you lack for knowledge, he’ll never fail to lend.
Writers, you can overcome discouragement, rejection, fear of public speaking—any number of difficulties—because Jesus is your friend. He will help you accomplish whatever task God has given you.
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Photo credit: Gilead, David Bjorgen, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hills_of_Gilead.jpg#filelinks