“Do We Need More Than a Balm?”
Join us also for the baptism of Larry and Rebecca’s daughter, Maggie Philippa.
Curiously, the reference is Jeremiah is a question, and not a rhetorical question, but a question in the negative: Is there no balm in Gilead? Our Christianity, and particularly that of the African American spiritual whose title paraphrases this verse, have reversed the interrogative and, instead, made it an assertion, even an assurance — There Is a Balm in Gilead. What’s this mean for us when many of us feel that our nation itself is suffering some sickness, and that it’s malady is infecting us too?