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#1 of 12 Old 01-29-2010, 02:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am just wondering if this is a Christian "thing". I have many friends from many different walks of life and there are some who I am not sure what their religious/spiritual beliefs are. And I am sometimes a little shy to ask . But is it strictly Christian to offer blessings either in general conversation or as a way to close out a letter or note to someone. It seems like it could be Pagan as well, or even Wicken. It's nice, I like it. I am Jewish and most commonly what is used it Baruch Hashem ("thank G-d") or Bizrat Hashem (By the will of G-d), neither of which would be used to really close out a letter or announcement, but rather to maybe start one. I'm just wondering

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I think it's nice. I would probably associate it with Christianity on first glance, but I don't see why it would *need* to be, you know? I know a few people who use "Namaste" as their letter "sign-off" and I think it's also very nice.

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I'm of a God belief, no religion, and am an intuitive reader. I say "Be Blessed" or something like that on most everything I write. I like it because it's a good feeling vibe and I would hope the person would get an extra goodness because the thought was there.

It seems more sincere than sincerely...lol.
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My UU Minister, who is very much not Christian, signs most things "blessed be" or "blessings."
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I use it, and see it often from Christian friends.

It is short for "God's blessings to you" which is kind of a condensation of the greetings and endings in most of the epistles, actually.
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I think using blessings at the end of a note is nice. I have learned to see it as a good thing regardless of who it's coming from. Like, my ultra-Christian friends use it and my Pagan friends use it, so I see it as universal I guess. I like to think of it as someone just wishing me well but in a higher sense.

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I say Blessed Be, or Peace...I am UU/Pagan.

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It "feels" Christian to me - I think because those I know who use it are Christian. I have to say it annoys me if it comes from someone I only know marginally or in a "business" way (ie through an organization like our homeschool group - where religion can be tricky). I much prefer non-religious salutations from people I don't know well.

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I use it for both Christian and non-Christian friends (Reform/Orthodox Jewish, pagan, etc.). I figure that if you believe in a higher power, chances are you believe in the provision of blessings ... and that is what I wish/hope for them, even if together we all believe in different things about a higher power.

Does that make sense?

I hope so. I hope I haven't inadvertently been offending my non-Christian friends.

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I actually use Blessings a lot at the closing of both personal and business emails. I feel like its a "wish you well" or "good energy being sent your way" type of wish.

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I actually use Blessings a lot at the closing of both personal and business emails. I feel like its a "wish you well" or "good energy being sent your way" type of wish.
As do I. For me it's a heartfelt sentiment and (for me) is non-religious in nature. It's more of a letting others know I care about them which I think is important even in a business situation.
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As do I. For me it's a heartfelt sentiment and (for me) is non-religious in nature. It's more of a letting others know I care about them which I think is important even in a business situation.
Exactly! Working in the birthing field I like to have a level of professionalism as well as compassion, I think its so important.

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