Balm in Gilead

Posted by Al Hathaway Tuesday, October 5, 2010

There is a Negro Spiritual entitled, "There is a Balm in Gilead." This song communicates the biblical textual meaning of Jeremiah 8:22, "Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of my daughter of my people recovered?"


Many persons come to religious institutions all over the world seeking healing for their souls and spirits.

To emphasize the church as a place of healing, Rev. Vernon Dobson commissioned the creation of what we call, "The Balm in Gilead Window" in 1975.

Depicted here in a view of the Main Sanctuary of Union Baptist Church you will find those words craftily etched in the stain glass. What you will also find are the words, "Ain't That Good News!" The power of the love of God is that He is available to you, "Just when you need Him most."

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