3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Philemon 3
Blessing after blessing. Paul wrote these simple blessings quite a bit. During that period, it was a common greeting both in person and in writing. In fact, Shalom, a Hebrew greeting, means peace. It’s very similar in Arabic. We also have a form of it in English. Listen carefully to cashiers and shop clerks. Occasionally, they’ll say, “Blessings” as you’re leaving. Same concept adapted to the 21st century. In our barbershop chorus we are learning two very similar blessings, and we end each meeting with the Irish Blessing.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
We are a secular chorus but even we understand the significance of simple blessings. In a world filled with violence, anger, and discontentment, a “prayer for peace” is certainly warranted.
Bless people when you can with the Word of God. This verse is a prime example of such a blessing. You really can’t bless people with a simple prayer too much in life.