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Shalom

Posted: Monday, September 11

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Isaiah 8:1-9:21
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 23:4-5

Verse of the day:

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. (Isaiah 9:2)


I remember as a young boy sharing a basement bedroom with my brother in Palmer Park Maryland. There is something about a dark cold basement in the night that can be unsettling for a child—even with a brother there. Who knows, he may be hearing things that go bump in the night just like me. So a small nightlight would help tremendously. Just that little bit of light would somehow destroy the darkness and put my mind to rest—not to mention saving me from a few stubbed toes.

 

When Jesus came into the world, it wasn’t just a nightlight—it was a GREAT LIGHT. Even the lands of “deep darkness” were affected for the good by that penetrating source of light!

 

In the world we live in today, we need that source of light even more. For with that light comes great peace. And today as we remember 911, we are reminded how peace can be shattered in an instant. That’s why we need God’s peace—a peace that passes all human understanding. 

 

When you hear the word “shalom”, do you think of "peace?" Shalom means more than this. Shalom happens when everything is working together as God intended. It speaks of wholeness and integration, completeness and harmony. Think of it this way, when your car is hitting on all cylinders, it is in a state of “shalom”, or harmony. When even one sparkplug misfires, it affects the smooth operation of the engine. To maintain true peace, we need God woven into the very fabric of our existence.



We see the fulfilment of this promise of light and peace in the birth of Jesus. Think about other instances of conflict that currently grip our world. Think how wonderful peace—true peace—would be. And then, contemplate Isaiah's promise of “shalom”, where peace is but a byproduct of everything working together for good as we marvel at the richness of God's promise.

 

God of peace, as we reflect on those past events of 911today—as well as moving toward the future—help us to see that your love stretches beyond our limited horizons. And that peace can be more than just a word.