The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn His face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
I love the Hebrew word Shalom translated peace in the passage above. Shalom is one of those words overflowing with vast meaning and peace is just one word to describe it. Here are a few synonyms that help build the house of shalom:
completeness, soundness, health, wholeness, rest, contentment, security, lasting friendship, tranquility, etc.
As you read this I’m currently in the small country of Lesotho, Africa-a place that has become a second home to me. This past week I had the privilege of participating in a ceremony at Beautiful Gate Care Center where the mantel of leadership was passed on from Bryan and Anita Geurink to Peter and Lindiwe Kirstein. It was an extraordinary day in an extraordinary place and I might add both couples are extraordinary!
Beautiful Gate is a place filled with the Shalom of the Father. Ray and Sue Haakonsen, the founders of Beautiful Gate, began this place with the passion to rescue abandoned babies from death and it is clear that the Face of God was shining upon this endeavor. In 2002 seven children were under the care of Beautiful Gate. Since that time with the support of a team of dedicated employees and volunteers, hundreds of children have been rescued and later adopted and because of this place thousands of lives have been transformed all over the world.
When people visit Beautiful Gate for the first time or the 10th time they run directly into the Shalom of Heaven that rests on this sacred land. The people of Beautiful Gate live the Father’s heart filled with the Spirit of the Father’s love for orphans and His peace permeates every inch of the place. What happens when someone experiences the Shalom of God? They are forever “ruined.” Ruined in a beautiful way. Over the years I have witnessed countless first time volunteers drawn back time and again and return to the Shalom of God. I have seen those who tasted this shalom in Africa return to share the incredible completeness experienced with their own families, churches, and cities. Once one has tasted the Shalom of the Father’s loving Face an indescribable passion is ignited!
Do you know the Shalom, the peace of living in the Father’s presence? You were created to live in the Shalom of the Father’s love, and nothing in the world can impart it to you but His Face shining on you. You don’t have to go to Lesotho Africa to find it at Beautiful Gate, even though you will find it there if you go, you can find it right where you are. The Father has given us His Son Jesus, who not only reveals the Face of the Father, but also shows us His heart and how to live in His Shalom. Keep looking at and following Jesus and let Him lead you to the Father’s Home full of Shalom!
Jesus said: If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23.