There was a time when this was a proper greeting.

It’s still there in holy writ, notably in the many letters Paul wrote to young fledging churches with their many issues. We read them like some dated greeting, all that grace and peace stuff.

But they are not niceties, they are realities, necessary for living real.

One of the facts about life is that we all wrestle with darkness and harbour demons in the dark alleys. I have seen the darkness in my soul, and many have confessed theirs to me, a range that spans -