Making the Wounded Whole

Making the Wounded Whole

“There is a balm in Gilead”, folks in the South used to sing on many a Sunday morning. And they found courage in the assurance that, like the promise made for “Gilead’s balm”, our LORD would “make the wounded whole”.

Balm from Gilead, an Old Testament city east of the Jordan River, was renowned for its soothing comfort. It was the relaxing, pain-reducing lotion preferred by the caregivers of that day.

The prophet Jeremiah spoke of a time when God’s people would turn from trusting him. He envisioned it as a desperate, dry time – where people’s souls would call for healing …but there would be “no balm in Gilead”. (Jeremiah 8:22)

As caregivers, our favorite “balm” may no longer be available…or effective for the one we care for. Dosages may need to be increased…or new medications prescribed. Our prayers reach out for the comfort of a true “Balm in our Gilead”. Like the old hymn says, one “that makes the wounded whole”. Truly, Deeply, Finally whole.

Prayer – Let every medication I offer today be a prayer for your comfort and healing – a true “balm in Gilead”. Amen

Photo courtesy of Jill Naumann, copyright 2017

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