Until today I thought that Shalom was just the Hebrew word for peace, but I am really excited to find out that it is so much more. I love digging deeper into biblical language. Phrases like eshet chayil (woman of valor) which Proverbs 31 is actually about, and ezer k’gnedo (the help that opposes) it seriously changes the lens through which I view the helpmeet of Genesis, having truly changed the way I practice faith.
And now Shalom. Shalom is a word that fills me up when I say it, which isn’t that surprising since it is actually a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
Shalom is a word that is also used as a greeting. Even though it might seem a little kooky to replace hello or good bye with Shalom, I think this could turn into a very powerful ritual. Our words hold much more power than we will ever know. They affect our health, our environment, other’s health and well being. I would even go so far to say that there is a single area of our lives that isn’t affected by our thoughts and words.
Imagine if we went around wishing shalom upon people. In essence saying I hope you have contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
Now let’s take a step back and look at ourselves. What if every morning when you looked in the mirror you smiled at your reflection and said “Shalom.” Wishing a whole bunch contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony on yourself.
I’m gonna get a little crazy now. What if you had the word Shalom tattooed somewhere on your body where you could see it. There is would be, a constant reminder of your worthiness.
Because you are worthy of Shalom. You are worthy of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself. Could this be one of the things he is talking about here? Spreading Shalom like hot cakes… or you know insert whatever simile you think makes more sense here.
How would that change your actions? Would you be inspired to seek out healing? Would you put in a greater effort to create? Would you be kinder and gentler with yourself?
I bet you would.
So I challenge you. Take this baby step in practicing Shalom. Put the word to work. Greet yourself with it in the morning. Pray for it when the thought comes to your mind. Meditate on the word as you fall asleep.
Let’s do this together for 7 days. We can talk about it on Facebook and I am looking forward to hearing how embracing Shalom changes your life.
I’m linking this post up with Esther Emery for Whole Mama,