A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
Shalom comes from the root verb Shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. ... So in essence, when you speak out the word SHALOM - you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings of the word over that person - that's a mighty blessing!!!
It is the time of Rosh Hashanah. I am not Jewish, but I have friends who are, and we have talked about this time in their religious year. It is a time of wiping clean the slate, a time of renewal. In that spirit, I deleted a previous entry that was a frustrated rant.
I am sorry for the times when we disagree so vehemently that we hurt. I am sorry for the times there are misunderstandings that lead to discord and communities breaking up. It happens in the microcosm of our families, at the office, in our churche; and it happens on a large scale between countries and cultures.
It is no mere coincidence that so many religions and/or life philosophies have goals of unity, wholeness, completeness, harmony, balance, and - ultimately - peace. We have so little of it outside of our spiritual selves that we have to seek it out specifically.
Here's to successful seeking.