Adventures that Enchant the Mind and Liberate the Soul

Signing Autographs

autographI just autographed the books for the Goodreads Giveaway winners. This was the first time I've autographed books to complete strangers. Normally, I at least know something about the person. And I found myself struck by a "politically correct" bombshell.

I'm a firm believer in the power of a blessing. This one touch, one moment, is my only moment to touch these people's lives, and I'd like that touch to be a blessing. Political correctness reared its head, reminding me that so many people consider any talk of God to be offensive in this modern world. (Fewer than I used to think, though! I think those that are offended are just...louder.)

This was a moment to give a gift of a blessing to these strangers.

So, what should I write?

I have to admit, I was sorely tempted to just sign my name...but that felt like a cop-out.

My pastor asked in church on Sunday, "If you were judged by your writings, if people wondered if you were a Christian or not, could they tell?" Yes, I laughed in church. Fortunately, I go to one of those churches that don't frown on such things.

My books are full of light and shadows. I was tempted to write, "stay out of the shadows" but felt that was so intensely vague -- and probably not something that would make sense until they'd read book 2 anyway.

I finally settled on, "May God make his light shine upon you." I figured it was good enough for Paul...

What do you think? How would you sign something that was your one connection with a stranger?

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