In the Mormon church, members contribute their services, everyone holding jobs or callings. My current calling is that of pianist for the Primary (children's group). I love watching the children and listening to their sweet voices as they sing of Heavenly Father and Jesus.
One song in particular touches my heart, "Children All Over the World." In this song, children praise the Lord by giving thanks in different languages: Gracias (Spanish), Malo (Tongan), Wirdankendir (German), Tak (Danish), Merci (French), Kansha shimasu (Japanese). The song reminds me that saying "thank you" is a universal need and that there is a universal need to hear it.
As the children sing these words with enthusiastic fervor, I wonder why adults frequently find it so difficult to say the same words to family members and friends ... and the Lord. We resist uttering the words, as though somehow we will detract from ourselves if we give voice to them. As in many things, we would do well to emulate the example of our children.
So, for today, I am grateful for the words "Thank you" in whatever language they are spoken.