How do you greet your friends? With a high five, a fist bump, or a hug?
There are many ways to greet each other. It depends on the place and culture where we’re born.
In some places people say “Hi!” in others they say “blessings.” There are countries where people greet each other by bowing their heads; in others, people greet each other with a handshake or two or three kisses on the cheek.
In Bible times, Jews greeted each other by saying the Hebrew word: shalom.
Do you know what shalom means? In English it‘s translated as “peace,” but Jews used it not only to wish each other peace, but also blessings; that is, with that greeting they expressed their desire for the other person to have physical, mental, and also spiritual health.
Jews still greet each other with the word sholom. It’s like telling someone who greets you: «I hope things go well for you.»
If we want everything to go well we need Jesus, don’t we? That’s why the Bible calls Jesus the prince of peace, prince of Shalom.
We can experience shalom, the peace and well-being true happiness brings about, only if we have Jesus in our hearts.
What a great idea to greet people by wishing them shalom! That was what Jesus told His disciples to do. When they entered a house they were to say, “Peace be in this home.”
In your Prayer Journal, write a prayer to help you have shalom and greet others that way today.