Weekend Peace With You

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It’s the weekend!

The weekend slow-down matters.  It’s not to be a rule but a ritual. Setting time aside to pause and restore is a centuries-long belief.   The book, Exodus, discussed this as an element of Sabbath: ” . . . Work six days and do everything you need to do. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to God, your God . . .

We need an infusion of peace. The weekend-slow-down gives the opportunity to re-attach ourselves to the power of peace.

Peace is soul deep.

The thing is . . . peace . . . is not a natural response.  It’s a supernatural gift.

Throughout the centuries a blessing of peace has been issued to greet and say good-bye:

Peace be with you.

These words change everything.   Read chapter 20 of John’s book in verse 19:

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

The word for this blessing in the ancient Hebrew language is shalom, delineating a peace which produces well-being, wholeness, and completeness. It’s an incredible word to focus on during the slow-down of the weekend.

And.

It’s a word needed more than ever in today’s culture.  Peace is a strength often mistaken for weakness.  Because.  There’s been a shift in our world.  Confronting people with peace rather than angry demands has become unusual.   People are often more interested in being “right” than making the situation right through peace.

The truth is . . . peace heals . . . anger harms.  

But.

When we are filled with soul-deep peace . . . and enter situations with the shalom of God . . . the dynamics  within and around us shift.

Becoming a person of peace (shalom) is key to living our best.  It takes intention and courage to be a part of shift that needs to occur in our world now.

So.

Peace be with you.

May you receive the shalom of God and experience soul deep well-being, completeness, and wholeness.  

May you share the shalom of God with one another, making a difference in your relationships, family, organization, community, and world. 

Shalom. 

Slow-down.  Be Still.

  • Pause.
  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Be still.
  • Focus on the shalom of God.
  • Release whatever is not of the shalom of God.
  • Receive the shalom of God all over again.
  • Breathe.
  • Breathe deeply.
  • Repeat.

As always, you are invited to take a seat at TableThink‘s virtual table and join the conversation.

So. 

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or something.  Find a sweet spot during the weekend to breathe, slow-down, and release whatever is not of love.  

It’s the weekend: Take time to make the slow-down part of your rhythm of life.  Breathe. Slow down. Receive the shalom of God. ~Kerrie

*The thing is . . . living without space for the slow-down opens the door . . .  to increased stress, exhaustion, and illness.  The slow-down is essential to our well-being and overall health.  After spending a significant amount of life with busyness and a packed schedule at the forefront, I’ve learned the weekend slow-down matters and has become a sacred gift in my life.  It’s a continual conversation at TableThink’s table.  Joshua and I often discuss how we’ve struggled in finding space to slow down in the demands of the pastoral life.  We agree it’s a key element in our coaching and teaching.  Of course, we need to practice what we coach and teach in order to influence others to do the same.

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