The word for peace in Hebrew is the word shalom. And while this word can mean the absence of conflict, the definition is meant to highlight the presence of something. Shalom at its very core means complete or whole.
What I love about this Hebrew word is that when put into action, such as to bring peace, it means to bring restoration.
Shalom (peace) was always meant to be the bridge between the promises. It is what sustains our hearts on the journey of waiting.
Jesus was born into a time and culture that was feeling anything but shalom. He came to make things right, to restore order to chaos, and to light the path to peace.
We were made to be people who bring peace because God wrote that into our DNA and then gave Jesus to us as our example.
Whenever we do not bring peace with us, we rob ourselves of the identity we have in Jesus.
“He became what we are that he might make us what he is.” St.Athanasius
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14
God, thank you for the peace you give that is never ending. Grant us the deeper understanding of your peace and help us to truly accept it as the incredible gift it is. May we bring peace everywhere we go.