The Hebrew word Shalom is often used to greet people or to bid them farewell. Most people know the word means "peace." However, there is more meaning in this word. It also conveys a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well-being and harmony.
Many people search for Shalom their whole lives. They try to find that sense of fulfillment in material possessions, money, drugs, alcohol, food, etc. But none of these can fill the hole in our soul that longs for the presence of God. Shalom can only come from our Creator - God.
So many problems of the world enter into our homes and more than ever, we need a quiet place to connect with God; a place for meditation, for prayer and time with God. We need a Shalom place - a center of peace.
Each of us knows the importance of exercise, good food and rest, but equally important to our health is the exercise and nourishment of our souls. This is only accomplished through study of God's Word and prayer. We invite each of you to consider making a commitment this fall to some type of Soul exercise and nourishment. We have a number of educational opportunities available and would love to have you join us. Christ stands at our heart's door, knocking and waiting to enter in. Open the door and welcome him to be present with you. There, you will find Shalom.
"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and
Be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance to you
And give you Shalom!"
Shalom to each of you, Nancy+