Turning to one another

Turning to one another. Peace. I really have in mind the Hebrew shalom: safety, prosperity.

Turning to one another: What can it mean? Literally, we face each other. We trust each other. We contend with one another. But we are together, for that is where our growth comes—in the between. That is where our health and wholeness exists.

So “we” are not so much about “together” as meeting in between. We face each other, for whatever comes of it. There is a shared event, a common fruitfulness, which leads to our individual fruitfulness and back again.

Is that not what we want is to be fruitful? Is that not what we seek when we are included, and what we miss when excluded?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on March 7th, 2007 | 2 Comments »

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  1. On March 24, 2007 at 5:45 pm christy Said:

    Hello Doug!

    “That is where our health and wholeness exists.” —

    you know, the core or root of the word “shalom” (SHaLoM) is the same as the root of the word for wholeness (SHaLeM), so that the translation of “peace” is not quite as big as it could be — both words resonate with the sense of wholeness, all the fragments fitted back together.

    How was the Nexus conference for you?

    😉 Christy

  2. On March 24, 2007 at 7:02 pm doug Said:


    Yes, that is what I had in mind. I did not know about the word Shalem. Thank you for that deepening, Christy. Wholeness, completeness, fullness.

    Nexus! You were there and we missed connecting?! Oh, that is sad. What did you think? Maybe carry this conversation to e-mail?

    :- Doug.

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