May 10th 2010

Yours Faithfully

“I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8 (NIV) 

I imagine I would be considered the ‘old school’ today when it comes to matters of education—letter writing in particular. The mandatory conclusion to a letter was premised on whether it was a business or a personal letter. If the letter was a business letter the culminating phrase was, and still is: ‘Yours sincerely’. A personal letter had ‘Yours faithfully’, but this phrase is rarely used today in letter writing. In many letter writing etiquette guides it is not referred to at all. According to English Forums, the term ‘Yours faithfully’ is only used when the writer does not know the recipient, and has to address the letter to ‘Dear Sir or Madam’. 

The English language is a living organism—changing constantly. Words go out of fashion and new words come into play. The word ‘faith’ is fast becoming outdated.  In a much more spiritual sense Jesus asked the question, ‘When the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth?’ If you read the whole passage, Luke 18:1-8, the persistent widow mentioned in this passage had faith in a system of justice. You may feel that her faith was misguided and that it was her persistence that won through in the end. However, Christ does ask the question, and we need to ask why He did.

Faith has become a brand name for trendy shoes and other products—what it has not become is the basis and source of our spiritual foundation as individuals or as a nation. Our relationship with our Creator is all about faith, and it is He who is asking the question of our society today. ‘Faith—remember that guys?’ Having faith in our God is the first step to the healing of lives and nations. 

Yours faithfully,

Irene Wilson. 


Loving Father, we ask your forgiveness because we have drifted from you in pursuit of worldly matters. You are the basis of everything and in you is our salvation. We ask you to strengthen our faith in you—that we turn to you first instead of last. Through our faith may we glorify you and inspire others to do the same.


Study by Irene Wilson 

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2 Responses to “May 10th 2010”

  1. Fiona J on May 10th, 2010 12:37 pm

    I always thought it made no sense to sign a letter “faithfully” to someone you don’t know. Keeping faith with someone means you already have a relationship–as you say, a personal letter.

    I remember an English teacher saying that “yours faithfully”should no longer be used, because “people are more interested in sincerity than faith”. When do you suppose emoticons will formally replace the sign-off in business letters?


  2. Fiona J on May 10th, 2010 12:40 pm

    I didn’t do that yellow emoticon; I did an 8 and a ), which has quite a different nuance.

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