I recently read a letter in an advice column in the newspaper which raised the question, “Are please and thank you’s outdated?” The writer wondered in dismay whether people today use what we called in our family the “magic words”–“please and thank-you.” The response reassured the letter writer that even though some forget to use or were never taught to use “please and thank-you”, the words are as important now as ever. The question, however, is not a new one. We see a similar question asked in the Christian scriptures (Luke 17:11-19).
In the story from Luke, ten people who had the disease of leprosy approached Jesus to be healed. Jesus helped them. Jesus healed the ten with leprosy. One returned to say, “thank you”. Where are the other nine? Jesus asked. Weren’t they too healed? Where is their gratitude to God? The nine forgot one of the “magic words”, thank you.
In a world where is there so much sorrow and pain, do we remember to say, “thank you” when our hearts are grateful?
Our invitation is to embrace the magic words.
Blessing and peace,