Do you sign off emails with a Christian closing?

Ever since I became a Christian and made Christian friends, I have been blessed by the Christian emails featuring Christian closings. For example, stuff like

God bless,
Susie

In Christ,
Dumbledore

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace,
Bubba-John-Boy

Of course, I had to follow suit, but my Christian closings would vary between the non-committal everyday “God Bless” to the hip, hippie-ish “peace in Jesus!” Later in life, it may evolve with my advanced age like, “Tired in Him” or “Grumpy, Yet Grateful.”

How about you? Do you close you emails with a ‘faith-based’ closing?

10 notes on “Do you sign off emails with a Christian closing?

  1. Sean

    I am pretty generic, I just use ‘Peace.’ I know what my intentions are in using it but others can take it as they may. I use it with everyone, whether they are Christian or not (unless it is work, then it goes like ‘Regards,…’

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    1. cool dad Post author

      Yeah, “Regards” is a pretty safe bet. Another that I’ve seen is “Best.” That also could be taken in different ways, like as kind and thoughtful “I wish you the best” or as an arrogant “Just a final reminder that no one is better than me.”

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  2. Dean Lusk

    Ummm… No. And I wonder if that’s bad, because I’m a worship pastor.

    I mean, I think that vocational ministers are required somewhere in The Fine Print to have something like “In Christ,” or “Because of Him,” at the ends of e-mails, but if I adhered to that I’d cringe every time I sent one.

    The main reason is that it’s not the way I talk, and I prefer that my e-mails be as conversational as if I were speaking in person (for better or worse). Only in business types of e-mails will I sign off with a more formal closing, and that’s usually “Sincerely” (if I’m sincere) or “Best Regards” (if I’m ticked off. Just kidding. I hope I’m regularly sincere and irregularly ticked off.).

    On a somewhat-but-not-really related note, I stopped saying “Bless you” after sneezes about two months ago. Sure, I’d like for God to bless sneezers everywhere (especially the ones who just spat on me), but I don’t know if I’ve ever really meant “Bless you” that way, so I decided to choose my words more carefully. Now I’ll say something like, “That was a sneeze,” or, “Wow,” just to acknowledge the sneeze, because I found that remaining silent just made me seem like a supreme jerk. For real. Try it for a day or two and you’ll see what I mean.

    In closing, your is actually cool (it isn’t just hype)! Found it via a Revelife.com repost of this one. Layout is extremely… cool. Likewise on the content. Your son is lucky to have such amazingly cool parents!

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    1. cool dad Post author

      I’ve found myself just typing ‘thanks!’ and questioned whether I was Christianizing the email enough.

      I confess that I ‘blessed’ a sneezer in church last night. I’ll see if I can try your experiment. :)

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  3. Shannon

    I am mixed. I agree with Dean Lusk. I want my emails to be as conversational as they can – to a fault. I’m always using dashes, incomplete sentences and… ton’s of …’s. I think I need to return to a more “rule based” writing style… maybe.

    This rambling actually does relate to the question at hand. I haven’t asked God to bless people enough in my conversations in the past and thus, haven’t felt comfortable using it as a closing. It felt like it wasn’t “me” enough. However, the awareness of this has made me start using these type of phrases more in my interactions with people, which enable them more in my closings!

    I still hold out on the “Bless you” after sneezes. It still seems like I’m insincere or I think they just expelled an evil spirit. I went for the alternative “Gehzunteit” which is German for “Health”… I think.

    Best,

    Shannon

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  4. Rose

    my philosophy is similar to “preach the Gospel at all times and if necessary use words”. i usually just try to be edifying & encouraging with whatever i’m writing about and ‘let my speech be seasoned with salt’ if you will. and if it’s somebody i love, i say Love You! or Love, Rose. God is love after all.

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  5. Graham

    Hi cd

    Thanks for starting this train of conversation. I agree the content is important but a strong close can help to cement the tone. I don’t want to preach or reproach in my close, I would dearly like to be able to express my humility before Christ. Ironically, “yours in humility” sounds like it comes straight from the Pharices canon of hypocrysy.

    I guess what I am trying to achieve is to create an awareness of the Spirit so that my recipient might be drawn just a little more into contemplation.

    What would be ideal would be a phrase that could cross over into the work environment and allow the secular world to see us all (christians) not as people who “pay their dues on Sunday” but as people with a gift that is an inseparable part of us.

    Please keep the ideas coming.

    Graham

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