Monday, November 23, 2009

A Balm in Gilead

Fun for All Ages

Host: Vickie Buenger
Time: 3:00PM Friday, November 27th (note earlier than usual start time!)
Location: My House (email for directions)

But Wait! There's More!

Besides the usual reminder that we will have an Odd Friday workshop on Black Friday for those of you not interested in shopping or college football, I have another guest blogger. This time Janice explains why she is a repeat beader:

"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. "

I have always loved the words and haunting tune of this old African-American spiritual, but in the last several months this song came to have a much deeper meaning in my life. Our hearts were broken the day Erin left this world and I felt that I would never be whole again. Making lanyards has been the balm that is helping my shattered heart to heal. To be honest, the first few times that I met with others at the Buenger’s home to make lanyard were very difficult. I was choked up on the drive out, shaky while I was there, and a mess for the next few days afterwards. As the months have passed, it became easier and easier, and I find myself out of sorts if I go more than a couple of weeks without attending a lanyard workshop.

The last verse of this hymn tells us that if we cannot preach like Peter or pray like Paul, we can tell the love of Jesus, that he died for all. I can’t do the research that might someday find a cure for this disease, but I CAN make a lanyard that might one day help save the life of a child.

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