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How do we thank someone for a gift? With two words? With a smile and a hug? With a handwritten note? Perhaps it depends upon the magnitude of the gift and who is being thanked. Some gifts may be properly thanked with simple words, while other gifts may evoke a more action-oriented response. Of course, the greatest gift we have received is salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ. How, then, do we respond? In today’s Old Testament lesson, the psalmist writes, “I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 146:2) May we join him, thankfully praising God in both word and deed!