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Here's the challenge for the next two weeks. This time, Peace is the subject.  Again the challenge is to find a creative way to express something of your understanding of this word / concept. Cend it to Malcolm Read at [email protected]chcathedral.bc.ca for future publication.  
"So, what do you have in mind when you say to a neighbour, “Peace be with you”  or you respond to the vicar when he says, “The Peace of the Lord be with you”  with “And also with you”?   What are you wishing each other?  AND Is peace the absence of war?
Quotations associated with Peace include:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
 
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
 
Peace be with you
 
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
 
Celtic Prayer:
 
Deep peace of the running waves to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
 
 
The Hebrew word for peace, šālôm, translated in the Septuagint most often by the Greek word, eirēnē, has a wide semantic range including notions of totality or completeness, success, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, security and well being. 
 
Shalom (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם shalom; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.