Living Education Retreat, I shared some thoughts about the word shalom at the
morning meditation. This is a brief
gathering out on the observation deck in the early morning right alongside the baaing sheep and
flickering birds. It is a peaceful time to meditate on truth and beauty before we begin the day’s activities.
The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom. We call it peace, but, it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight – a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Saviour opens the doors and welcomes creatures in whom he delights.
This past weekend, we discussed this. A lot. It has everything to do with how we choose to live and educate.
I have one more speaking engagement in Peoria next weekend and then I am done for the season. I am looking forward to concentrating on my family, some consulting, and being fully alive.