Shalom

A Peace that is deeper the circumstance.

A peace rooted not in temporal tribulations
no matter how important they may be,

But a peace with its foundations
in the soil of a kingdom to come.

A peace irremovable from
the divine persons of its source.

An everlasting peace of inexhaustible supply
and eternal consequence.

A peace that can permeate in the heat of the battle
or be absent in the midst of earthly contentment.

A peace demonstrated by nails and blood
and proclaimed in forgiveness and love,
that stands again after torture and death
demonstrating power and strength,
that then breathed communicating breath
throughout years of persecution,
was made known through scars that do not seek retribution,
and still lives despite selfish contortion and religious convolution.
A peace instilled in us and made known to us
so that we may make it known,
so we may give as it was to us:

Not as the world gives.


Exploring the depth and breadth of the meaning of the Hebrew word 'Shalom' usuallly translated as 'peace'... And how that already huge word is expanded in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit: Numbers 26.24-26; Judges 6.24; John 14.26-27.

Written early August 2010

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