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Subject: I get so accustomed to living in a secular world...
Date Posted: 5/24/2008 5:59 PM ET
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...that it shocks me when someone says "God bless you" in greeting to me! (and no, I don't mean the guhblesshoo that people spit out when you sneeze lol). The clerk at WalMart checked my purchases and told me to have a nice day, and God bless you!

It surprised me!

Does it take you by surprise when someone greets you that way? Or do you live in a more Christian area than me?

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 8:57 PM ET
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I am from Illinois but moved to South Carolina about eight & a half years ago.  People down here say things like that a whole lot more than I am used to.  Basically I don't EVER remember anyone saying things like God Bless You, Have a Blessed Day or even I'll Be Praying For You, etc before I moved down here.  It used to surprise me.  It doesn't really surprise me anymore but it still puts a smile on my face whenever I hear something like that. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 10:46 PM ET
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I had a garage sale a few weeks ago and my BIL and sister helped me all day.  Bob, my BIL, blessed everyone who came and went.  At first it felt a bit strange, hearing him do so, but after a bit it became heart warming.  I hear it now and then but not enough.    There are a couple of waitresses that say that to me when I leave the

restaurant .    I live in Southern Ca and just don't hear it much here.  It always susprizes me when I visit western KY and hear it all the time!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 12:04 AM ET
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I get that often, but that's probably because my dad is a priest, and so whenever we're out together and he's in his clerics, we get all sorts of "God bless you, Father," etc, etc.   And around my small town, many people know me as "Fr. Harry's daughter", so I get them, too. 

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 10:44 AM ET
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That happens more in the "bible belt" I at least hear 1 person a day answer "How are you?" with "I am blessed, thank you"

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:57 PM ET
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I live in the Bible belt, too, and I notice people saying "Have a blessed day" quite often.  Of course, I work in customer service so I'm around people a lot.  If I didn't have that type of job, I don't think I would hear things like that as much.

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 1:26 AM ET
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A sweet friend of mine greets everybody with a touch on their arm and says, "you are blessed". She has never had anyone scold her or mock her. She says that most people tell her that it was so sweet and kind that it made their day better.  

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I guess I live in my own "christian" bubble.  I just don't hear other religeous thoughts or comments very often.  I've been reading a lot here at PBS.  I'm on the Gulf Coast and it is predominently christian down here.