reply to post by windword
Excellent questions, windword!! I hope you get some traffic, s/f from me even though I can't answer them.
I remember praying as a little kid "God Bless Mommy and Daddy and ..." then naming every person I knew in my extended family. Aunts, uncles,
grandparents, cousins, siblings, etc. By the time I was done (this was bedtime "say your prayers", but I don't recall having to kneel at the bed
and doing the praying hands thing -- I just did it after settling in to the covers), I was either nearly asleep, or hoping I didn't leave anyone out.
I recall being "afraid" that I left someone out, which I was certain would be a bad thing.
Now that you bring it up, I wonder if that's where some of the problems I have with "things left undone" or "things done that should not have been
done" being told to a little kid are harmful.
I also prayed that God would, for just ONE DAY, let me turn into a cat. I even tried to bargain with "Him". Didn't happen, needless to say.
Anyway, good Qs, and I'll keep watch on this thread.