The please and thank you of prayer

When my daughter was a little girl, she invited a friend to spend the night. Her friend Barbie was instructed by her mother always to say "please" and "thank you." And that's exactly what Barbie did.

Every time she asked for something, she'd say, "Please and thank you." "May I have a glass of milk, please and thank you?" "May I have a cookie, please and thank you?"

Finally my daughter couldn't stand it any longer. She said, "Barbie, you don't say 'please and thank you.' You say 'please' when you want it and 'thank you' when you get it!" But Barbie was very firm. She said, "My mommie said to say 'please and thank you' and that's the way it is."

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Reliance on one Mind
September 11, 1978

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