Bringing the Text to Life

Have a Good Cry Jeremiah 8:18–9:1

Have a Good Cry

The tears of a sinner have power to heal the soul.

AT A GLANCE:

This text is home to one of the Bible’s most famous questions: “Is there no balm in Gilead?” We start with a scenario in which a similar question is asked: “Is there a doctor on board?”

 

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Liars’ Club,” September 19, 2004.

 

For an alternative idea pertaining to Psalm 79:1-9, see “In Case of Emergency.”

 

“Is there a doctor in the house?”

If you’ve ever heard that line, you know the drill. You’re slammed with a rush of adrenaline. You look around the room to find out who in your vicinity has slumped to the floor.

Maybe, if you work in the medical field, you feel that little voice inside say: “You! Yes, you. Put up your hand. Offer to help. Your medical expertise could make a difference.”

Such an event happened to Dr. Darria Long Gillespie, a fellow of the American...

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