Using shalom as a lens for everything

Welcome to Coffee, Shalom, and Everything Between by me, Anna Elisabeth Howard. Writing caffeinated takes on shalom as a lens for everything, long absences may or may not be caused by traveling the galaxy in a certain blue box (she/hers)

What is Shalom?

Shalom is an idea that has thoroughly gripped my imagination over the past few years. Often mistranslated as a simple “peace,” shalom goes far beyond this especially as “peace” is often translated as merely an “absence of conflict.” This is in reality, not peace at all, as it only benefits those already in power and prevents their lives and holding of that power from being disruptive. 

Shalom means total thriving and well-being for everyone. If you think about it, achieving this “peace” will be very disruptive to those in authority, those in power, as this peace cannot rest until everyone is thriving whole-heartedly. Because when “the least of these” is thriving, all of us will be thriving. Shalom is a kingdom of God peace, a way of putting feet to when we pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” 

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