WEDNESDAY 05 DECEMBER // Whanau Shalom
Building on yesterday’s reflections where we looked at what it could be if we give over control to God in all things this Christmas and allow ourselves to be filled with peace despite the state of things around us, today let’s look at what this means for our whanau.
We use the phrase ‘whanau’ over family because we believe this better encompasses the vast variety and make-up of people’s immediate circle. Your whanau is unique to you – it might just include those you live with or it may be wider than that. In your reflection today we encourage you to think about your close, intimate relationships – the people who know you deeply.
If shalom means to restore, bring to wholeness - what comes to mind when you think about shalom in your relationships with those people?
Read: Colossians 3:13-15
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Pray: Invite God to bring you into a state of shalom, ask is there any broken situations or relationships where you need to extend forgiveness? Are there any spaces you need to ask the forgiveness of others for? Who can you pray shalom for in this season?
Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about