Shalom! (Hebrew for "peace, well-being")

Susan Verwys

READ : Hebrews 12:14-15
Ephesians 4:1- 6

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. (v. 14)

At the end of each preschool session, we sing “Shalom” with the children. Although we’ve taught them that “Shalom” can mean “hello” or “goodbye” or “peace be with you,” I think they just like the sound and feel of the word. Most of all they like to do the “shalom dance” as they call it: “Shalom, my friend, Shalom, my friend, Shalom, shalom. Till we meet again, till we meet again. Shalom, Shalom,” they sing bowing toward one another.

What is this shalom of which we sing? It is what we all need to work for as we live our life in Christ. Our Savior redeems us so that we may work to restore the kingdom of God on earth. Like Christ we humble ourselves to serve others. We seek justice, peace and the restoration of broken relationships.

And so I say shalom to you. Grow in Christ. Live in responsive discipleship. Be an ambassador of reconciliation. Reflect the light of Christ to everyone you meet! Bring shalom to our broken world.


Dear Lord, give me shalom so that I might pass it on!