Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Gracious Greeting

A newsletter we receive quarterly from a missionary family arrived today with the most wonderful greeting. It’s so gracious — I just had to share it with you. I think you’ll see what I mean when you read it —

“Greetings to you from our family. How are your mother and father? How is your spouse? How are your children? How are your grandchildren? How is everyone in your town? How is your whole family? May God grant you peace. May God provide for the needs of your family. May God grant you health. May God bless you.”

“We praise God that you are fine. We praise God that our children are well. We praise God that our family is fine. We praise God that our whole town is fine. Everyone sends their greetings to you.”

Isn’t it beautiful? It is a normal and proper greeting in Mali. Consider yourself greeted. Wouldn’t it be well if we all memorized this greeting and used it each day to those around us? I’m sure I would get tongue twisted, but the sentiments are lovely.  Such greetings express value and provide a blessing to our children, spouse, and everyone nearby.  What a precious way to show your children and other loved ones that they are cherished!

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