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The Story of the Founding of Balm of Gilead

Singing together helped heal broken heart, lift depression; and a new singing group was formed
About:Balm of Gilead newly formed Southern Gospel Quartet

By Patty Bunch

I was truly touched to have one of the listeners who was present at our first official concert write such a positive review about the Balm of Gilead. Some have wondered how we arrived at that name, so if I may, I would like to take this opportunity to explain it.

Just over a year ago, I was singing with my niece and my brother-in-law, Jennifer Warren Coffey and her dad, Larry. We sang at Renfro Valley a few times and at some other engagements and jammed at my mother's regularly. After Jennifer's sudden death last May, my heart was broken and my song was gone. I had never been in such a deep, dark depression in my life. Everything was wrong and I couldn't fix it.

A few months ago, Meggin, who is the daughter of Holly Price and Dennis Price, passed me a note in church inviting me to sing with her. My heart almost skipped a beat because she has a beautiful voice and it is such joy to sing with people who have beautiful singing voices. After services she, my husband, Donnie, who also comes from a singing family, and my granddaughter, Roslin, began singing and our voices blended. The more we sang, the more I felt my depression and my grief lifting.

I had read in the Bible and had recently heard our Pastor mention the Balm of Gilead as spoken of by the prophet, Jeremiah. The Balm of Gilead is a product from a tree in the far East which has healing properties. This time of singing with my family and Meggin was being healing to my broken heart, so I called our quartet, the Balm of Gilead.

This story was posted on 2009-08-06 05:21:51
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