About the Name

Shalom is a Hebrew word that speaks of all parts being joined together to make a whole, of healing, health and peace. We find this peace in the person and presence of Jesus with us. Aleh is a Hebrew word that means leaf, leaves or leafage. I believe that as our Prince of Peace ushers in our own personal healing from trauma, through His hand upon us, He then sends us out with leaves of healing and wholeness to shelter and bless others, who are walking through similar wounding we have known.

As we speak up of the compassion Christ has shown us and the freedom He is bringing us, we silence the accusations of the enemy in the lives of others also. The leaves of healing that God is growing in our hearts, through Christ at work in us, become a covering and shelter for those suffering from trauma around us. For, the word of our testimony and the blood of the lamb carry the power to slay the accuser of our brothers and sisters in Christ (Revelations 12:11).

The name Shalom Aleh has its roots in verse 12 of Ezekiel 47 (ESV):

And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

In 2 Corinthians 3:3 (ESV):

And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

And in the prophecy spoken over Ninevah in Nahum 1:15 (ESV). Ninevah is interestingly the place God sent Jonah to, so that He might save His children through a call to repentance. It is the place Jonah at first refused to go to:

Behold, upon the mountains,

the feet of him

    who brings good news,

    who publishes peace!

Keep your feasts, O Judah;

    fulfill your vows,

for never again shall the worthless pass through you;

    he is utterly cut off.