The Lord does wonders for the faithful. (Psalm 4:3)
Our daughter has two pugs that spend some time with us. We had a pug a few years ago before he was put to sleep. I love to watch pugs sleep. One of our pugs, the younger one, has lots of energy and loves to jump and run and play. Our older pug is more laid back.
Yet, when they fall asleep they curl up by Cathy and the older pug snuggles in tight and the younger pug just crashes. But the younger pug almost always positions himself in such a way that part of his body must touch the body of the older pug.
Our Psalmist this week tells us that one of the wonders that God accomplishes in our lives is to bring us Shalom. This is not just peace but total contentment, relaxation, and rest in the arms of the Lord.
Jesus greets the disciples in this week’s gospel with the word, “Shalom,” or peace be with you. He in fact is asking them and us to relax, rest in his arms and experience wholeness and contentment.
There are times when all of us have trouble sleeping. We may be anxious or excited. The Psalmist says, “In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me rest secure.”
As the people of God we are invited to place ourselves in Christ’s hands and be in close contact with him so that we might rest secure. This is the gift we receive as the Lord does wonders for the faithful.