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On ending a letter with “Blessings”

Some years ago I was writing a letter to my good student-friend, Akiva Cohen. He had written to me and closed off with something in Hebrew, so I thought I’d sign off to him in Hebrew. I used the word “berakot” (“blessings”). I liked it. So, from that day on I began signing off all letters with “Blessings.” I had never seen that term before (though I’m not saying I invented it, for surely others use it). But, it was a way of ending a letter with something more than “see ya”. And now I’m noticing “Blessings” more and more. I hope it catches on, for I believe words like that can be “performative utterance” — not just words but words that do something. For me it is a prayer for the one to whom I write.

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Brad Respess

posted December 29, 2005 at 10:16 pm

New term: performative utterance. Thanks for the thought provocation.

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michael bells

posted December 29, 2005 at 10:43 pm

I’ve been using “blessings” to sign off my letters for 3 or 4 years now

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posted December 30, 2005 at 1:20 am

I’ve been normally signing off letters and emails with the word “Shalom” for a while now.
I love your phrase “performative utterance” :-)

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Ted Gossard,

posted December 30, 2005 at 4:58 am

yes. amen. I have done the same. Sometimes when writing someone who doesn’t do something like that, I will resort to what they do. But maybe I should hang in there and offer the “berakot” to them anyhow. A great thought: “performative utterance”.

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Georges Boujakly

posted December 30, 2005 at 10:44 am

I sign, loving God, loving you…
I used to use “blessings” and for some reason changed after reading JC. Am I faddish or what?
Performative Utterance, like Jacob gathering his 12 sons and pronouncing mostly blessings on them or prayers to God for them. Very biblical.

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Matthew D. Montonini

posted December 30, 2005 at 11:05 am

This is something I have done for quite awhile now along with charis kai eirene (grace and peace).

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Ron Fay

posted December 30, 2005 at 11:22 am

I usually sign with “in and through the love of Christ,” as I find it important for me personally to acknowledge how our relationship is maintained.

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A. B. Caneday

posted December 30, 2005 at 11:04 pm

I’ve been using the performative utterance (speech-act)–“Blessings!”–for many years. I’m glad to know I’m in good company.
Oh, and have a wonderful New Year!

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posted January 1, 2006 at 8:28 am

yep, that’s what i do and for the same reasons. good to see a kindred spirit… blessings…

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Steve Dye

posted January 8, 2006 at 2:51 am

Scot –
Writing blessings in e-mails changed my life. I began writing them in 2002, and they became the main focus of my web site that just went online this past year.
I was introduced to written blessings through David Teems who has published a whole book of them called “To Love Is Christ.”
This past year, I also discovered Jeff Wischkaemper’s web site, and I was amazed at the blessings he is writing.
David and Jeff refer to them as benedictions. Whatever they are named, reading them is spiritually encouraging, and writing them will revolutionize the way you see yourself … this world … and the One Who created both.
May you lose yourself and find yourself in the ever-increasing, ever-creating Jesus.

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dan mcgowan

posted January 29, 2006 at 7:09 pm

I have been using “blessings” for about 2 years now… before than, I signed my articles and letter with “in the process” because it felt like a nice way of reminding everyone that I was still evolving, changing, growing. Then, one day, I just wrote “blessings” and I liked it – so that’s what I use now. Perhaps in the near future I’ll come up with something else…
In The Process,
Dan McGowan

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posted May 8, 2006 at 10:34 pm

someone I know signs their letters with… In Christ’ name, Jane Doe. I see that as saying… Jesus Christ, Jane Doe. Just doesn’t fit. Seems a bit high almighty. Proclaiming that you are. I like to see, Blessings, and through the love of Jesus….Whatever.

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