It as the only song that brought me some comfort on 9.11.01. So I listened to it that night and for days afterward. I didn’t completely understand it, but its comfort felt like an embrace, so I continued to listen. As I kept on listening to it, I came to understand it was telling me about just what I needed in that moment. It was one of the only songs to give me some hope during those heart wrenching days.

I did not know then as I do now, how many times I would need to hold on to this song and its message for the hope it brings.

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


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