When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. (John 20:19-21a)
This account occurs just after Jesus’ resurrection; a masterly piece of understatement, “The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord”! Then Jesus greets them with these words, “Peace be with you” - shalom. Shalom is a Hebrew word with many meanings wrapped up in one single word: peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, tranquillity. May these gifts be with you as you live your life. It is so much more than simply being at peace; it is a beautiful blessing for your life. It is a greeting (or a goodbye) where the person is wishing you something that enfolds your whole being.
May you come to know the shalom of God in your life.