BRINGING THE SHALOM HOME


The poet Rainer Rilke said, “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart... live in the question.” [1] 



If your peace is dependent upon having every riddle solved, you will be mostly disturbed. It is in the conflicts of life that we need to learn how to live with a mindset of peace.

When people of the Middle East meet each other, they will say ‘Shalom’ if they are Hebrew or ‘Salaam Alaikum’ if Arab. Both greetings convey the meaning of ‘I want you to have peace’. Shalom conveys more than a simple notion of the word peace. Shalom embodies the ‘completeness, soundness, welfare and peace[2] that come from God’s benevolence.

In your life God wants to create a mindset that reflects the perfect peace that God lives in. He wants you to bring the Shalom home.

The German mystic Meister Eckhart spoke to the idea of finding God in your present circumstance rather than looking elsewhere. He said,

Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, or by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there. [3]

Isn’t that good advice about practicing the presence of God’s peace? Penetrate your life circumstance and look for God there. Peace comes from choosing to trust God even when the circumstances are unfavourable.


Isaiah 26:
 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.


God is active in responding to the trust you give. It is God who is at work to bring his peace to troubled minds.

With God’s help we want to separate what’s real and true from what we are imagining. You have the right to speak to your mind and challenge its weak assumptions and fears. By recognizing that Holy Spirit is with you to make you secure, you can chase down those troubling thoughts and tell them the truth.

God is with me… God is for me, not against me… God is able to see me through this…




[1] Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet
[2] Strong’s Concordance
[3] Meister Eckhart

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