As I lie in my bed, desperately desiring Shalom, I was given a new thought on the word Shalom. Shalom is the Hebrew word for Peace. It means prosperity of soul, blessing, wholeness, and health. The speaker also described Shalom as a heavenly authority, culture of Heaven. Shalom gives authority to rule over any chaos, brokenness, and disorder. It struck me and immediately put me in the right place to seek God.
I need Shalom! I think everyone else in this world does too.
As I was recharging my physical body with my favorite morning ritual – COFFEE, I turned on the tv to see what damage last night’s massive storm had done in my area. Unfortunately, what I got was more than just the state of hail damage in Austin, Texas. In just a small amount of time the stories that were chosen to give America was 1-a brain eating amoeba that you can catch through your nose by swimming in “fresh” water such as lakes, rivers, and even water parks; 2-newly released audio tapes of a 911 call from a 17 year old girl asking for help for her and her brothers and sisters. Seems that her and her 14 siblings were being abused by their parents. She told the operator that she had not taken a bath in about a year and felt so dirty. Sometimes she woke in the middle of the night unable to breathe because of the filth she lived in; 3-devestating tornadoes and floods.
So that killed my feelings of Shalom pretty quickly and put me right back into a state of fear!!!
Thankful for the time I had this morning without commitments, I reached for my bible. Thank you, Jesus! You are all the information I need!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Shalom, the culture of Heaven, to you and your families this Holy Week!