A Balm in Gilead

A Balm in Gilead


There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.


Sometimes I feel discouraged,

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the Holy Spirit

Revives my soul again.


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.


~ African-American Spiritual


The preceding passage can be found in “An African Prayer Book” by Desmond Tutu.