Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A Proper Greeting

A newsletter we receive quarterly from a missionary family to Africa 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.

I hope you are enjoying a blessed day!

Photo: The Spanish lavender is blooming on the Oregon coast. Unbelievable!


  1. Spanish lavender....WOW! Lovely!

  2. Lovely indeed! Lavender blooming... how sweet is that!

  3. So how is your whole town? :D My whole town has their power tonight so everyone is very happy.

  4. The greeting is quite lovely and the Spanish Lavendar gives me the hope of Spring and Summer. Seeing it just makes me feel calmer. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous7:40 PM

    What an amazing greeting of depth of sincerity and of gratitude, of simplicity and forthrightness. It's message of caring and receiving is profoundly powerful. I am so glad you posted it to share with us all. Thank you.

  6. What a lovely greeting. It reminds me of the southern greeting... Howyourmomandem? Translated...How is your mom and them?
    Seems very nice to always ask about family, friends, and acquaintances. We are all connected.

  7. awww what a nice greeting! and the lavender is beautiful too! thanks for sharing:)

  8. A beautiful, heartfelt greeting!

    The lavender is so lovely! Thank you for sharing. I love lavender! One of my favorite fragrances.


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