Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
If upon taking leave of a friend, acquaintance or even a stranger, what would happen if we blessed them? It was common practice in former times. The word goodbye is derived from the phrase; “God be with you.” It seems that most of us have been parting with a blessing unintentionally since we learned to speak. Perhaps now would be a good time to restore the original intention to our goodbyes. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”