After a marathon of writing thank you notes, now seems like a good time to explain my typical, average closing signature:
No, it’s not because I have a holier-than-thou view of myself that the word “holy” is my preferred word choice. Nope. That specific word choice actually comes from the Bible.
Four times, between Paul and Peter, you find their New Testament letters closing by saying, “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” When I picked up on this as a young teenager, I appreciated the warmth, intimacy and friendliness of such a suggested greeting. Now, is this an actual physical practice of mine today? Not quite. I’m more generous with my hugs than my kisses. But it’s the sentiment that counts, right?
And these guys: “**” ? They represents a sunburst that I usually scribble at the end of my name (six precise dots). My email address has always begun with “suzysonshine”. First of all, “Suzy Sunshine” rolls off of the tongue very nicely. But more importantly, I spell my “sonshine” with an intentional O. The son that I’m referring to is Jesus and the point of the “shine” is my hope and intention to reflect the light and love of Christ.
So now ya know.
(Was that all pretty self-explanatory? If so, I didn’t mean to insult your intelligence.)