A Blessing

 The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26)

The Hebrew greeting “Shalom” is a blessing. It literally means “Peace to you.” Deeper than just a wish for health or prosperity, “shalom” also wishes for ‘wholeness’ to the recipient.

 “So to say, ‘shalom‘ seems not to merely speak of a state of affairs, but describes a process, an activity, a movement towards fullness”.

I like that phrase: “a movement towards fullness.” It is active. It is far better than the well-meant but passive, “Have a nice day” phrases we dispense automatically every day.

Shalom also understands that there is no peace without God. ‘The root shalem means “paid for, atoned, forgiven…restored.”‘

Shalom.

May you be restored to God.

May you have wholeness.

May God give you peace.

Christ the Redeemer - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 15:33)

Further reading:

Psalm 134:3; Job 25:2 & Romans 5:1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalom

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/shalom

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