Dear fellow travelers,
Have you ever wondered why posts here often start with that greeting? But before that, why start with a greeting at all? It started with an observation.
There are 27 New Testament books, and 17 start with the words “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,” or something very similar. It wasn’t an accident, which made me wonder: Do I greet others with grace and peace? Do I intentionally bring grace and peace to relationships with others? In real-time interactions, certainly not as often as I’d like, but in a blog, where I have the time to be very intentional, why shouldn’t I be able to? So, what would be an appropriate greeting for this blog?
“Dear fellow travelers” first came to mind because it communicates motion and relates to the name of the blog. In Taxi Cab by twenty øne piløts, God tells Tyler, the song’s author, that “We’re driving toward the morning sun; Where all your blood is washed away; And all you did will be undone.” Where we are is not where we will be and becoming Christian changes our destination forever. We’re going to a different place, but if we focus too much on the circumstances of our time and not enough on the implications of eternity, we lose sight of the Lord who is our Savior, and of the grace and peace He provides.
“Dear fellow travelers” also reminds us of this grace and peace. The apostles started their letters acknowledging up front that everyone needs grace, even the author. We are all travelers in this community of faith, and we should be dear to each other. In addition, when Paul, Peter, or John wrote of peace, they didn’t mean just a sentiment or feeling. The word translated as peace is rooted in a Greek verb meaning “to join”. God’s grace enables us to overcome what divides us and to join together in Him. Through grace, we all fellowship as one and experience peace. We’re all in the boat together, and with Jesus as the captain we can be confident in the destination.
Since blogs can reach people in any place and theoretically at any future time through the internet, the blog’s greeting needed to be inclusive. Nations and cultures don’t each have their own gospel of Christ. There is one gospel, and it applies within, and above, all nations and cultures. Christians in all places and times are traveling through a place that is not their home, to a place where we will all be together in perfect grace and peace.
So, dear fellow travelers, let’s keep driving! Let’s strive to bring grace and peace to every encounter we have as we travel through this world.
 Refer to Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:2, 1 Timothy 1:2, 2 Timothy 1:2, Titus 1:4, Philemon 3, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 1:2, 2 John 3, and Revelation 1:4.