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Luke 17:11-19; Psalm 66
In some cultures, it is customary to bring a gift when you visit someone’s home. This is a way of saying thank you for their hospitality. When I was in eighth grade, I had a student from the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, come and stay at my house for a few days and attend school with me. When she came, she brought my family a beautiful set of hand painted bowls and chalices that now sit in my office as a reminder of her wonderful gratitude. I remember when it was my turn to go and visit her at the embassy and how excited I was to pick the perfect gift to say thank you for the wonderful opportunity she was giving me by opening up her home and sharing her culture.
There are times in our lives when we are filled with thanks for something someone has done for us or for a gift we have received. What are the ways that you say thank you? Do you send a handwritten thank you note? Do you offer words of thanks or a hug?
God also gives us gifts. How do you say thanks to God?