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Tuesday, March 6th, '18

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HELLO

"Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow-laborers in Christ Jesus" (Romans 16:3)

 

The word isn't overly used but often it is used without thought. "Hello", the go-to icebreaker for phone calls, a top of the morning greeting on the street, a reflex reaction when boy and girl lock eyes. Hi is hello abbreviated, informal. G'day in England or howdy in Wyoming, same sentiment. With handshake extended hello becomes the first step in diplomacy. Drop the defenses, you're in safe company, hello. Sometimes we question whether the other guy has a dial tone. "Hello, earth calling Major Tom". But mostly hello is just basic humanness desiring to interact.

 

Paul said a hundred-thousand hellos. "Greet my beloved Epaenetus...Greet Mary, who labored much for us. Greet Adronicus and Junia, Amplias, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, the household of Aristobulus..." (vs 4-15) Names, lots of names. This was no formality. Paul used no lightness. He cared for his friends' welfare. "Hello, how are you?" isn't always trivial, surface, just one of those lines we say. Paul really did care.

 

Hello says I would like to get to know you. We rub lots of shoulders these days but seldom connect hearts. There is a cost factor. The less expensive phone greeting would be, "huh?", "whud'ya need?" or "Whusup?" Because hello riskily sets a person up for goodbye. There is vulnerability in an open heart. Jesus stretched His hands wide-open on the cross and said hello to a whole world. Few echoed the greeting.

 

But the risk of rejection is no reason to quit answering life's phone calls. Have you ever called someone and there is that long pause on the other end before you hear a soft-spoken hello? Probably gun-shy of telemarketers. But it might be something deeper. They say not to make eye-contact when sparring for first go at the intersection. Same thing goes for saying hello. Once you've said it you're committed to the conversation, like it or not. But sidestepping hellos for fear of goodbyes robs us of life's golden opportunities. You wouldn't know your mate had someone not taken the gamble of hello. Business deals aren't signed by assumption. Someone had to pour a cup of coffee. The receptionist is trained to greet with class. Wealth, love, happiness or success may walk through the side door in disguise. People walk into our lives every day. Some are recognized, others ignored. God-surprises sneak in often unannounced. So always be ready with a warm smile, raised chin and a sincere hello. I'm happy to have made the acquaintance. It was worth the investment. And who would have ever believed that so much joy, so many lasting memories could have issued from a single word. I love that word...hello.


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