Shalom friends! Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace. In the book of Isaiah Jesus is called the Prince of Peace or the Prince of Shalom”. The word Shalom means to be in a state of completeness or wholeness. It is much like creating a picture wall, organizing and hanging each picture in the correct spot and when you hang the last picture, step back, take a deep breath and smile. The picture wall is Shalom, it is complete.
Timothy Mackie says. “Shalom refers to something that is complex with lots of pieces that is in a state of completeness or wholeness.”
Now you and I know that life is multiplexed with family, friends, relationships, jobs, finances, and loss as well as all the other things that are part of life. So when any of these areas or multiple areas break down we lose our shalom and our life no longer feels whole.
During the holidays, broken relationships and loss can be amplified and cause our peace to shatter. Family gatherings can be brutal for some, strained relationships are awkward; we miss the loved ones we’ve lost and the holidays can bring anxiety, loneliness or depression. We don’t feel complete, rather we feel fractured and fragmented. So what do we do when the complexities of life break down? I have asked myself this question many times in life and in fact I had to ask myself this question just the other day when I felt overwhelmed by “stuff”!!
This is what I know – Peace is complex and real peace does not mean there is no struggle, conflict or pain. Real peace means the One who is our Peace, Jesus, has broken down the walls that life and circumstances have built. Jesus is able to restore our life to wholeness, to shalom..
And sometimes that just takes time. But!!! During this holiday remember these two things:
- Remember that God loved you so much and so big that He sent Jesus the Prince of Peace for you.That is the truth of Christmas!
- Secondly, remember the beautiful promise of biblical peace is not based on circumstances but it is rooted in the restorer of peace, the one who makes us whole, Jesus the Prince of Peace! He is our Shalom
When we invite Jesus to be the Lord of our life, we are asking the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and the Prince of Shalom to live within us! Christ is our peace!!! We as Christians now carry the shalom of God with us! We are the bearers of peace to the complexities of life and of this world.
It is my hope and prayer that you will experience the shalom of God in this season of Christ’s birth and may Christ be born in you and His peace complete your life.
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
and the government will rest on His shoulders;
and His name will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
From my heart to yours,
Prince of Peace by Celtic Worship https://youtu.be/Pr2RG-xR2lA