I hope that you fathers out there had a memorable Father's Day! I saw the following phrases in a print ad that really caught my eye; "Don't just get Dad a Tie, Spend the Whole Day with him! He was your original ride-share. Now say thanks by planning a day with Dad."
This ad is so clever and I especially like that the word whole was used. The ad said "spend the whole day with him!" It could have said spend the entire day with him; but it didn't. Why use the word whole?
What does the word whole mean to you?
At our most recent caring team meeting we were discussing the upcoming worship services on Sunday, June 30. We are planning a different type of worship experience which is called a healing and wholeness service.
One of our members asked the question; "what does the word whole mean exactly?"
When I think of wholeness my mind goes to the Hebrew wordshalom. I was taught that meaning was peace, completion, harmony, and wholeness.
I think most of us desire shalom in our lives. The prophet Isaiah paints a beautiful image of the peace, harmony, wholeness, and completion of shalom this way:
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra's den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. -Isaiah 11:6-9
Hey I have an idea. Let's extend Father's Day to include worship on Sunday, June 30. Why not spend the whole day with God?!!!