When people of Jewish faith greet one another with “Shalom,” they aren’t simply saying, “Peace.” This Hebrew word means much more than that. Shalom means “May you live in anticipation of that day when God makes all things whole again.” What the prophets are describing in the imagery of the great homecoming is really the shalom future of God.

Walter Brueggemann states, “Shalom is an enduring vision….Among the eloquent spokesmen for the vision…is this letter wrote to the exiles, urging the validity of the vision even among displaced persons: ‘I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for shalom and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope….You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes’ [Jer. 29:10-11,13-14].

Sine, Tom. Mustard Seed vs McWorld. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. 1999.