Whether because of current events, political climates or natural disasters, Shalom is a term that has received a lot of traction lately.
Shalom is a small Hebrew word with a lot of meaning. Per usual, the English language isn’t able to fully encapsulate the meaning of a word when translated. Shalom is typically translated as “peace”. But, that word doesn’t come close to doing the word justice. Shalom, in Hebrew, means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. It comes from a root word which means complete, perfect and full (Strong’s Concordance).
Wow! That one little word is so rich. There is so much to unpack just from the definition of Shalom. Over the next few weeks my plan is to do just that in a blog series entitled “Shalom: The Way Things Ought To Be (When Things Aren’t What They Ought To Be)”.
While I prepare for and write this series, I’d love to hear from you. When you think of the word Shalom, what comes to mind? When do you experience Shalom in your own life? What does true Shalom mean to you?
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)