“Whenever you enter a house, first say, ‘Shalom!’ to the household. If a seeker of shalom is there, your ‘Shalom!’ will find its rest with him; and if there isn’t, it will return to you. Stay in that same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for a worker deserves his wages — don’t move about from house to house.” —Luke 10:5-7
Peace, Shalom… Something we all desire, especially right now as there is so much chaos happening in many places.
My first thought as I sat down to write tonight was the word, “home.” When I began looking for verses about “home,” many were listed, but the ones above caught my eye.
I have heard comments from different people about the “House of peace.” I have actually heard people say that when they enter a new city/village they search for the “house of peace.” They search for a place that they are welcomed. A place they can join in and become family.
The times we live in should cause us to make our homes places of peace. We should desire to be a safe place for people to rest and find nourishment for their souls. We should be a secure haven for those who need a place to hide from the turmoil in the world around them.
I am not suggesting that we invite just anyone or everyone into our homes. We need to be wise. However, we have become people who “hide out” and never invite anyone in. I don’t believe that was God’s intent, or His heart.
The challenge for us today is to ask HIM for wisdom, and then follow through with actions. Actions that bring LIFE and LIGHT to our communities. Actions that bring PEACE and comfort to those who are hurting.
Offer a cup of coffee or tea. It doesn’t take much to make one. Pray with someone. Even better, laugh with someone! The world needs all of this right now.
Be a house of peace… be the respite that this crazy world needs.