My friend Lesley shared this piece with me. It is simply words of blessing from the Old Testament set to a lovely tune and sung by people demonstrating the diverse nature of modern day South Africa.
Its key message is towards the end of the prayer. It is as if the whole prayer builds up to what is the key aspect of blessing: its central meaning and purpose. Summed up in the word we translate as ‘peace’. In Hebrew ‘shalom’ is a word that means so much more than the absence of noise and war. It gifts to us God’s life of love, well being, inner harmony and health. Not just for us individually but for the whole community. People and communities of blessing … a vision that we have seen at work amongst us and we pray will see more of at this time and into the future.