Family Devotionals

Family Devotionals

These daily Zoom (videoconference) calls are designed for adults and children participating together.  No upper age limit on the kids, but the audience primarily in mind is elementary school and preschool.

We’ll have singing together, a story, and a query.  We’ll have a chance for some discussion, either as a whole group or in virtual small groups, depending on how many people appear on any given call.

You can sign up here to receive the links each week.  There are devotionals every weekday morning at 8am Eastern (this is just after lunch if you’re in Europe) and every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm Eastern (this is Wednesday and Friday morning if you’re in Australia or New Zealand).

Below, I’m posting stories and queries that we’ve used so far.

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What are some specific ways you will practice your faith in the next few weeks?
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What makes you feel good?
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What is a book or story that you really love?
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The pictures in this book are made by splatter painting. What is your favorite way to make art?
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MAKING FEELINGS FACES! What’s your _____face?
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In this story, the caterpillar is nourished by many delicious foods. What nourishes you and helps you get ready to grow and change?
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Who do you feel connected with? When do you feel most connected?
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The story has a lot of sentences that start with, “We know God is listening when . . .” How would you finish that sentence?
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Did you have a favorite picture or a favorite part of the words in this book?
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What do you like to do with your imagination?
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Sometimes when someone dies, we say that they are in our hearts. Sometimes we hold people in our hearts even when they are alive. Who do you hold in your heart?
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At one point, the lighthouse says to the bridge, “I thought your light was so bright that mine was no longer needed.” What do you think about that?
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Do you ever need to say no to someone you love? What is that like?
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How do you end your day and get ready to go to sleep?
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Each person we meet sees the world in a new way. It’s kind of like every person is a window. Who is someone you have known in your life who showed you a whole new way of seeing things?
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What do you think about what happens to Red in the end? Why does Red get to be part of the group again? Does that seem right to you?
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Have you ever taking a walk at night? What are some nighttime sounds?
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What do you have now (in summer) that you want to store up in your memory for this winter?
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Which animal in the story are you like sometimes?
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What is your favorite part of the story? Is there a part that you did not like?
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Share smiles. Make other feeling faces.
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Which character do you like better? The chicken? Or the worm?
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Have you ever had a hard time learning something new? What did that feel like? How did it feel when you did it!?
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This can be used as an introduction to a ‘sweet talk’ or ‘affirmations’ exercise, in which each group member takes a turn as the focus person for about a minute while everyone else in the group calls out positive qualities they have seen in the focus person.
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In this story, Grover is making obstacles for us to overcome. Have you ever had an experience like this in your life?
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Before he saw the baby, Joram was grumpy. After he saw the baby, he was singing. What do you think happened to Joram when he saw Jesus?
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Do you have a special, cozy place you like in your home? What makes it special for you?
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Can you think of a time when it was hard to communicate? Either hard to say something, or hard to understand? What does that feel like? What do you do when that happens?
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What does it feel like to give hospitality? What does it feel like to receive hospitality?
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Can you remember a time you have shared something that is yours and special to you? How did that feel?
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If this story was about you instead of Harold, what would you do with your crayon?
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In the story, the animals keep making more space each time a new animal comes along. Can you think of a story about a time you made space for someone?
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If you were in the farmer’s position, do you think you would sell the farm? Why or why not? What would that be like?
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Do you know the story of your name? How does your name fit you or not? Is there another name you like to be called?
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Do you know where your name came from or what it means? Is there another story you’d like to share about your name? If you could be named anything, what name would you choose?
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What do you think that God thinks about laughter and play?
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Do you remember how snow feels? Have you ever had an adventure in the snow and done things Peter does? How does it feel when you come home again?
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What do you think this story is about?
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This is a very famous story. As you hear it again now, what do you notice that you haven’t noticed before, or that you had forgotten?
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Do you have a favorite plant? Is there a plant that you would have been okay if Naamah had forgotten to rescue it?
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In the story, Patchwork and the others show loyalty and devotion to their friend. What do you think about the words “loyalty” and “devotion”? With whom, or with what, do you experience those feelings?
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Can you think of a time when you were afraid of something, but then it turned out not to be scary?
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When you pray, is it like this story? Or is it quite different?
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How do you make decisions about chores in your family? What do you think of the way that the group in the barnyard makes these decisions?
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What is something that started small and grew into something big? Have you ever been surprised when something grew or became something new?
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What did the characters learn in this story? What can we learn from this story?
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Have you ever found a way to be peaceful when you were feeling unpeaceful?
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What do you like to do when you’re alone?
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What spiritual gifts did you notice in the different characters? (What did you notice that each character was especially good at?)
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What does “the touch of God” feel like inside?
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Have you ever made a sign to carry, or put in a window? Why did you make it? What does it feel like when you speak up and use your voice?
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What would you like to say about this story?
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Is there anything in this story that reminds you of something in your life?
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Have you ever played with someone different than you and found you could do new things together?
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Who are you in this story? Or, who is someone you are really missing?
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How is Earth like a mother? Or not?
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What do you like about babies? What are some things babies can do?
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At the beginning of the story, Obediah says that the seagull is not his friend. At the end, Obediah says the seagull is his friend. What do you think changed?
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Was there a page of this story that you especially noticed? What would you like to say about it?
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What part of this story did you like best? What was the silliest part of the story?
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Do you have a toy that you made, or that someone made for you, that you still use today?
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The monkeys must have known that they were upsetting Mr. Crocodile when they teased him. So why do you think they did it?
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Is it ever hard to be yourself? When do you feel like you can do anything?
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What is a “do you love me” question that you have found yourself asking?
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Today, 375,000 new babies will be born on Earth. What can you do today to celebrate that?
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Have you ever been to a parade? I wonder if you noticed the rainbows?
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If you had a friend like Iguana, what would you say or do for her?
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The octopus tells the rainbow fish that he should give all his rainbow scales away, and then he will learn how to be happy. What do you think of that?
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In the story, Davy’s sister and brothers tell him, “Saying sorry isn’t enough.” What do you think about that?
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How do we show kindness and care to others? Have you ever asked someone what they need?
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When is it easiest to feel God with you, and when is it hardest?
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Have you ever looked up at the stars at night? What did you see? How did it feel?
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Is there a line or a picture in the story that you connected with?
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What is it like when you think something is scary, but it turns out not to be?
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What is something you know about God? How do you know this?
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What makes you happy?
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Why do you think it is important to be polite? Are there times when it is not important to be polite?
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What is your favorite quiet time?
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What is something about the way God made you that you especially love?
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What part of this story, either words or a picture, jumped out at you today?
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Do you have something old in your home, that has been passed down from person to person in your family? How do things change when we share them?
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Can you tell us a story about a very special thing that you have?
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Have you ever walked a long way? How do you help to make peace?
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What do you think God is like? What else can God do?
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First Part: What is hospitality? Where do you see hospitality in this story?  Second Part: Why do you think God doesn’t tell us what is going to happen to us next?  Third Part: When you feel angry, what helps you let it go?
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What do you notice about the relationship between Lisa and Corduroy?
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How do you feel about the ending of this story?
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What is a sound that you really love?
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What is something you believe in? What connects you to other people?
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What helps you when you are having very big feelings?
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How do you know when you want someone to be your friend?
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Do you have a name for God? What names are you called by?
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Which character in this story do you feel like sometimes? Why?
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What kind of light do you like best? When do you use the light inside you?
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What is something that you have learned from seeds?
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What is something you’d like to be someday?
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What is something you are good at? What makes you feel cozy and comfortable?
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What are some things you can do to get help when you need it?
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If the earth could talk in words, what do you think the earth would say?
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What is something you have to do everyday? What is something you like to do?
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What makes you feel curious? What are you curious about?
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What is the gift of nothing? What could that mean?
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What does this story make you think of?
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Take a moment to be very still. What do you notice that you didn’t notice before?
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Close your eyes and imagine a place that makes you very happy. What do you see? Hear? Smell? Is there something to eat? What can you feel?
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Where do you see circles around you right now? What are some circles in your life?
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Can you tell a story about learning to do new things?
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At the end of the story, the Emperor says he admires Ping. Do you admire Ping? What do you admire about him?
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Have you had the experience of going on an adventure? What did it feel like to come home?
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What is growing outside where you are? Is there an idea or hope you would like to grow?
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Can you remember a time when you spent time with someone older than you? What did you learn from them?
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What does it feel like when you’re trying to do and think about a lot of different things all at the same time?
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Can you tell a story about a time when someone was especially kind to you?
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Do you have another name for God? What do you call God?
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What do you wonder about?
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Have you ever made something new out of things you found?
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If you were going to say thank you to God for some part of your body, what would you say thank you for?
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Where are you quiet and still?  What does that feel like?
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What is growing where you are?
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What is faith?  What do you have faith in?
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Close your eyes and imagine “happy colors.”  What do you see?
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What do you do when you’re scared?  What is it like when you think something is scary, but it turns out not to be?
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Do you ever feel like Tucker?  What happens when you do?
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In your home or town, is there a particular place that feels sacred?  Why?
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How does this story make you feel?  Do you feel more like the mama, more like the child, or both?  Why?
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Can you think of a way that you could invite someone to play with you today? Who will you invite? What will you invite them to do?
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What does it feel like when you use your voice to say STOP when something is wrong?
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What can you see right now that makes you think of God? What can you hear right now that makes you think of God? What can you feel right now that makes you think of God?
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What is a book or story that you really love?
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What makes you feel good?
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What do you think about the ending of this story?
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Quakers have a saying that is a lot like the last page of this book: “What canst thou say?” What does your voice have to say today?
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When have you used your voice to share your ideas?
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Who are some of the people that your invisible string is tied to?
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Do you have a story to share about either jam or muffins?
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When is a time you have been to a march?
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What are some good strategies for making new friends?
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Do you have a favorite letter from the story? Which one? Why?
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Is there a part of the story that you’d like to say something about?
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Do you always follow the rules? Why or why not?
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In this story, Georgia longs to visit the “faraway.” What is your “faraway”?
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I wonder if there was a time when you were brave?
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What is a favorite memory you have of a time you did something with a member of your family?
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Is there a part of your daily routine that you like or find comforting?
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What part of the story did you like best?
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Is there a food you like to make in your family? What kinds of feelings do you have when you eat it?
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What did it feel like to make the goose laugh?
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What do you want to be when you grow up? Or what *did* you want to be when you grew up?
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Which season do you like best? What are you grateful for during that season?
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What animal inspires you? What animal do you want to be like?
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What do you do to help you remember that God has the world in God’s hands?
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If you could go anywhere, where would you go? What is the key to getting there?
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What are you grateful for? How do you say thank you?