22 Jul

A Balm for the Soul

Gilead was a region of ancient Palestine. This was the land that Moses was allowed to view before he died. It was a fertile land known for its balm, which was used for the healing of wounds.

In the book of Jeremiah, we find that God’s people have forsaken God’s laws and have turned to idol worship. This was a great concern for Jeremiah because he knew God would bring judgment to His people. In his great concern, he cried out: “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22) The answer is that there was no repentance for their sins, no application of the balm for the soul was not applied.

Today, we see a world walking in the darkness of sin in need of a balm for healing. There is a balm; it is the balm of salvation administered by accepting Christ through faith, believing that He has paid the price for sin at Calvary.

Indeed, “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

04 Jul

A Tapestry of Freedom

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)  The story of America is like a tapestry woven on God’s spindle of Providence in threads that run so true to the theme of freedom. Strong threads of white establish a firm foundation: “In God we trust.”  Purple threads give noble praise to the courageous people who left all behind to establish a country where they could worship God in freedom and truth.

The deep crimson strands of red are a reminder that freedom sometimes comes with the ultimate sacrifice, which is the lives of courageous men and women.  Royal blue threads declare unity established by a constitution, which serves as the blueprint for laws and individual rights.

Golden threads are a reminder that America is a melting pot of people, who through the years have blended their talents, ideas, and dedication to create a nation like none other.  In strands of aqua we see the beauty of her vast oceans and waterways.  Vivid threads of green bring visions of green valleys, majestic mountains, and breathtaking parks.

Magnificent cities with towering skyscrapers of grey display America’s architectural beauty.  May the tapestry of America remain strong, and may it cover its people in peace as they remain a people whose foundation is: “In God we trust.”

Many years have passed since the first celebration of July Fourth, but God’s promise remains: “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)

The old State House bell is silent,
Hushed is now its clamorous tongue,
But the spirit it awakened
Still is living – ever young,
And when we greet the smiling sunlight
On the fourth of each July,
We will ne’er forget the bellman
Who, betwixt the earth and sky,
Rang out, loudly, “Independence;”
Which, please God, shall never die!  

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