interjection sha·lom \shä-ˈlōm, shə-\
—used as a Jewish greeting and farewell
0rigin of shalom:
Hebrew shālōm peace
(According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Shalom. Something about that word is so comforting. So peaceful. So warm. Who knew a simple word could make you feel so much. I didn’t know much about this word until a few days ago, and I’d like to share it with you. I probably won’t do a very good job, but let’s see if I can find the words. 🙂
My dad is currently teaching my family and I a book called Redemption by Mike Wilkerson. There is a section talking about the five things that make us human, and number five is our desire for shalom. This confused me at first. Of course there are times I desire peace, but nowadays that is not even what that word means. So why would a modern day author classify a desire for shalom as a characteristic of a human? Then my dad explained.
Every single person on this earth, no matter the gender, no matter the race, no matter the religion, no matter the social status, desires shalom. Heaven. The problem is, most people do not know that that is what they are desiring. They are constantly searching for that peace that surpasses all understanding, and most cannot find it. Though they often believe they have found it in the form of money, or success, or fame, I don’t believe they are ever truly satisfied. Christians have this amazing hope in God that does not completely, but partially satisfies our desire for shalom. We know, that no matter the time, whether it be by our death or Jesus’ return, we will see heaven. Our desire for shalom will be fulfilled. What a glorious promise! One of these days we will see our heavenly Father face-to-face. I cannot even fathom.
I did not do this concept justice, but my heart is so full I cannot find the words. I hope you understand what I’m saying, if only just a little. I hope that the word shalom now has new meaning, and you comprehend what I meant when I expressed how comforting and peaceful the word is. Shalom. Heaven.
I pray that each of you revel in this desire for shalom that God has instilled within you. What a thing it is to look forward to. Can you imagine the day when all our cares will be washed away? We will live forever in the glorious presence of the God who created this beautiful earth on which we reside.
Surrounded by your glory,
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for your Jesus,
Or in awe of you be still?
Will I stand in your presence,
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine.
I can only imagine.