A Shalom Blessing

08 Sep

Today is the first day of the new school year in our part of the world. As the day after our last official summer holiday, Labour Day, it definitely feels like an end and a beginning—even for us who no longer go to school or have to brave the commute to work.

Today’s poem is a blessing on all who are climbing back into the saddle of school or work.

Children's outdoor playground

“Shalom on… their playgrounds…”  Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly


A Shalom Blessing

(After Isaiah 26:3,4)
Shalom: A Hebrew word meaning peace, completeness and welfare: nothing broken, nothing missing.

Shalom on your going out
on your car, bicycle, bus
on the avenues, roads and highways
and other drivers.

Shalom on your workplace
your office, boardroom or barn
your partner, receptionist
your work truck, computer, iPhone
and all your machines and tools.

Shalom on your children
on their cribs and car seats
playpens and toys
their schools, desks, playgrounds
and all their pals.

Shalom on your coming in.
On your street and neighbors
your frying pan, kettle
pitcher, pot and plate
your fork and your food.

Shalom on your radio
television, phone and email
that deliver news from afar
(may it be good)
on your downloads and players
all the words, music and images
that fill your head and your home.

Shalom on your lists and plans
your goals and ambitions
on the wind that refreshes
the rain that nourishes,
the sun that lights your path
and the moon and stars
that illumine your dreams.
Because you trust in Me
Shalom, Shalom.

© 2015 by Violet Nesdoly


Posted by on September 8, 2015 in Religious


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3 responses to “A Shalom Blessing

  1. bakrawiec

    September 8, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    The beauty of your words match the beauty of your blessing. Shalom. What an all-encompassing well-wishing word. What a blessing you are to all those known and unknown over whom your blessing–His blessing–rests. Thank you for doing your poetry-ministry work. Shalom.

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  2. Violet Nesdoly

    September 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you, Barbara! Are you missing school today?


  3. margaretsmn

    September 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    A beautiful blessing. Love these lines, “on the wind that refreshes
    the rain that nourishes,
    the sun that lights your path” Shalom.



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