has come to mean the time when there aren't any wars or even when there
aren't any major wars. Beggars can't be choosers; we'd most of us settle for
that. But in Hebrew peace, shalom,
means fullness, means having everything you need to be wholly and happily
One of the titles by which Jesus is known is Prince of Peace, and he used the word himself in what seem at first glance to be two radically contradictory utterances. On one occasion he said to the disciples, "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword" (Matthew 10:34). And later on, the last time they ate together, he said to them, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you" (John 14:27).
The contradiction is resolved when you realize that, for Jesus, peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle, but the presence of love.
|~originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words|
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