Where My Soul Heals

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© Natalie S
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"Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe."


This quote of Voltaire's is poignant in my life. I go to this church because it feels so right when I enter this particular structure. There is no iron hand asking where I've been if I haven't gone in weeks. There is no one telling me I must give money. There is no one beating me up because I have sinned. There is only acceptance, guidance and no questions.

I don't know exactly how to express what I believe. But I believe. And I have faith that good trumps evil. I have always had "a feeling" that there is a genuine purpose to our lives and a "oneness" with each other and earth and sky. There is a "higher power". Our universe is vast. The galaxies that exist are immense. The possibilities are endless. I believe that just because I've never witnessed a miracle, doesn't mean it's not possible.

"There is a balm in Gilead,

to make the wounded whole,

there is a balm in Gilead,

to heal the sinsick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged,

and think my work's in vain,

but then the Holy Spirit

revives my soul again."

"There is a balm in Gilead" - African-American spiritual

(Thank You to fellow JPG'er Glenn Buzbee for introducing me to this hymn.)

15 responses

  • Glenn Buzbee

    Glenn Buzbee gave props (19 Apr 2008):

    "There is a Balm in Gilead..." A most appropriate title here.

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (9 May 2008):

    I feel healed and renewed through the visit.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2008):

    Very beautiful - great entry.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2008):

    My vote...again

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2008):

    I grew up Southern Baptist, so I know that hymn very well. :) I love this photo, and your sweet commentary.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Sep 2008):

    Oh yeah! It rocks!

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (1 Sep 2008):

    cool shot!

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (5 Sep 2008):

    Amazing!!! yeah for sure..

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (7 Sep 2008):

    Beautiful and touching, and another yes from me!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (13 Sep 2008):

    Inspirational in all 3 categories, Natalie: title, text and photo!

  • Georges Maroun

    Georges Maroun gave props (17 Sep 2008):

    you rock my soul...

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (29 Sep 2008):

    Voted for!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (6 Oct 2008):

    Beautifully said Nat! Nice entry & thanks for sharing your place

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (13 Oct 2008):

    Beautiful mood, Natalie. Got my vote...

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    Your narrative makes me understand the symbol that your photo wanted to convey.then I understand. you got my vote!.

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