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Today Is a Gift so Be "Thankful!"

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Today is A Gift So Be THANKFUL!

I start each day with; “This is the Day that The LORD has made! Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it! O LORD SAVE us! O LORD grant us success. BLESSED is he who comes in the Name or The LORD. From the House of The LORD we BLESS you. The LORD is GOD and HE has made HIS LIGHT to shine upon us Psalm 118. Praise God! & Thank You Lord! It is so very interesting how we can sometimes take it for granted that there will be another day after today! Think about this for a moment! Who but GOD can make a DAY?

WOW! Time is precious. Before you know it another year has come and gone and very soon there will be another... You never know what a day may bring.


Who would have ever thought that; the United States of America's government would be actually "SHUT DOWN!" The Congress reached an impasse since they could not come to an agreement with President Obama everything was just shut down!

Well it happened again. Congress reached and impasse with President Trump and once again the government "SHUT DOWN!" His presidency has presented a plethora of challenges like never before. The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a plague that has captured and beleaguered the whole world. It has resulted in mass millions contracting the menacing COVID-19 and hundreds of thousands dying. LORD HELP US!

Who ever would have thought that the Supreme Court would vote against GOD'S WORD and vote in favor of "same sex unions!"

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STILL, There is always hope in the LORD! Know this; absolutely nothing or no one can ever shut GOD down! FOR THIS WE CAN BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL!

Beginning of Sorrows

Let's take a look at some of the other things that collectively have transpired as well! There have been many things to take place throughout the years in the world that can be disturbing. Many who started the year out with us have passed on to the other side. There have been numerous incredulous earthquakes and natural disasters that have ravaged the land. Notice what happened when the magnitude of the world’s overall dwindling economy reached catastrophic proportions. Everyone was impacted. Yes some are now beginning to rebound but still; but many are still being impacted. Horrifical mass shootings in our schools campuses and universities and even within the Church... All these things are the beginning of sorrows.

The passing of a love one can be overwhelming... The ongoing cycle of wars ending and wars beginning seem to be endless… Some days it can seem like everything is going awry. But we can forever & always have HOPE in the LORD! I am so very THANKFUL for the omnipresence of the LORD!

I realize that especially during the holiday season it can be a time of great anxiety for many. Memories of loved ones that have passed on and distressing times seek to vigilantly rob you of your joy! But you are still here! You still have more time on this side of Heaven. Everyday is a day to celebrate the goodness of our LORD! Try to find something to be thankful for. Commit to begin each day fresh. Start today!

Grieve your loses; Yet, "REJOICE IN THE LORD!"

YES indeed grieve your loss! But please try to think about some of the happier moments and times that you shared with them and dwell on the fond, humorous, tender and warmhearted memories as a tribute to their life. Build new and cherished memories to hold on to. Honor their memory now as you keep them close to heart! Set new goals and forge ahead seeking ways to accomplish your goals! Look forward to an improving quality of life no matter how long or short… Change is always on the horizon! Celebrate life itself as you continue to move forward!

I can personally think of some very unpleasant moments, times of grief, illnesses, deaths, distresses and calamitous disasters that have taken place but I do not want to dwell there. Nor do I desire to camp in denial! Neither do I seek to make each day a day of complaining... I realize that life is not all about what's happening or not happening to me... Keep in mind many are experiencing some awful things that are worse. So, it is important to learn how to shift your focus to The LORD! I pray that the Lord will continually open my eyes to TRUTH!

Spiritual warfare is an ongoing part of life for the committed believer. The enemy seeks to discredit and undermine our integrity in the eyes of man when you walk closely to the LORD. Rest assured that GOD KNOWS! Knowing that HE will lead you or I as we are willing to submit to His Will & Way is IMPORTANT! I daily so want to “Abide in the Shadow of the Almighty...” Psalm 91. This verse reassures us that His protection is always available…

King Hezekiah's Miracle

Time waits on no one! Well I must say that the Lord can and did allow time to be turned back for a moment;

King Hezekiah was actually a great example! Here we learn that God keeps His promises! With Him even the impossible is possible! “Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, What will be the sign that the Lord will heal me and that I will go to the Temple of The Lord on the third day from now?” Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what He has promised; shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” The prophet Isaiah called upon the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.” II Kings 20.

What are you saying; King Hezekiah was faithful to the Lord! He became ill to the point of death. He turned his face to the wall and humbly and sincerely prayed to the Lord asking the Lord to heal him! As a sign he asked if the shadow could go back ten steps! The stairway of Ahaz is a sundial. The Egyptians made their sundials in the form of miniature staircase. Shadows moved up and down to tell the time! The Lord honored Hezekiah’s request! “On the third day from now you will go up to the Temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life…” II Kings 20. Here we can see that time belongs to GOD! Evidently Hezekiah had not yet fulfilled his purpose on this side of heaven and the Lord extended his time! He granted Hezekiah another fifteen years of life!

Life is a precious "GIFT" from GOD!

My point here is that time is so precious and sometimes we just never know from moment to moment what will be… Even in the face of death we can turn to the Lord. We can begin to relish each moment and seek to have happier moments now. To sincerely make an attempt to deal with life responsively even when it becomes unpleasant despite what is going on about us. To live life to its fullest! I believe if you reach deep enough inside, and think broad enough anyone can find something to be thankful for no matter how infinitesimally small it might be!

Life itself is a precious gift from GOD! Our good days can outweigh the rough times… You may have to take it moment by moment during the difficult days when you can’t see your way through… Just know someone somewhere has more or less yet, no matter how large or small or seemingly insignificant we can express thanks! Memories are priceless! God is bigger and beyond anyone, anything or any situation we may ever encounter! He will see you through!

If you have been depressed for a long time, it’s time for things to change! Know that the devil wants to keep you bogged down in regrets, fear, doubt, shame and hopelessness. To make you feel so bad that the pains of life have you down and overwhelmed! To separate you from the Lord and to get you to focus on your pain! Reach out to the Lord! Cry out to Him He can meet you right where you are! There is light at the end of the tunnel you may feel lonely but you are not alone! God can reach over your abyss of torment and bring you through to start anew! Know that today is a gift from Him! Let is be a day of new beginnings!

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us from sin. Sin is anything that separates us from GOD! Jesus came to earth to give us hope for a better life with the Lord. He never sinned and did miraculous healings, signs and wonders! He even fed thousands of people with a small lunch of fish and bread shared by a generous young boy! WOW! Jesus did so much while on earth that it all could not be recorded by human hands.

Look at GOD! HE IS AMAZING! Although JESUS helped many, He was still horrendously mistreated. He was beaten mercilessly, spit upon then nailed to the cross and placed in a borrowed tomb. It was borrowed because He did not plan to stay there! What happened to Him was a part of God’s plan for us! Christ Jesus died for the sins of the world. He redeemed us and paid the price for the sins of the world with His dear sinless life! He became a pure sacrificial lamb! Then He arose with all power from the grave declaring power over sin and death! GOD IS AWESOME!

“But God raised Him from the dead, freeing Him from the agony of death, because it was IMPOSSIBLE for death the KEEP its hold on HIM. David said about Him:

“I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue REJOICES; my body also will live in HOPE, because you will not abandon Me to the grave. Nor will you let your HOLY ONE see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with JOY in Your presence!” Acts 2.

Always remember, today and everyday is a gift from God! Draw closer to the Lord and shift your focus to Him! He will and can make all the difference in the world as well as within your life. Everyone who is willing to invite Him into their heart can receive His Holy Spirit! He is the Inner Teacher, Guide, Wonderful Counselor and Comforter! Depression cannot stay where God's Peace & Joy resides. He can deliver you. He can give you peace. Do not let life just pass you by! Ask the Lord to fill your heart and lift you from despair and fill you with His JOY!

Learn to Trust GOD!

No one can be a better you than you! Don’t allow man to take you down the primrose path that leads to destruction... Don't allow the devil to undermine your good intentions or make you doubt the Lord's promises. Don’t allow the devil to make you live in regrets… What has happened cannot be undone! But you can always choose to go forward from where you are with the hope of building a better tomorrow! You can live eternally with the Lord! Don’t let anyone or anything rob you of Hope! Seek God for yourself! We can always have Hope in the LORD!

Faith is what inspires Hope! Trust GOD! This is why an ongoing intimate personal relationship with The Lord is so very important! God is Love! He is the Great Equalizer! This is why He gave us His Son JESUS CHRIST! To accept Him into our hearts and let Him become our personal SAVIOR & LORD! With Him your age, race, address, bank account, medical condition, state of mind, societal status, IQ, what you have or do not have, does not change His Love for You! In Him you can discover everything that you will ever need! He can help you be the best you! He can fill your inner void and give you His PEACE that surpasses the understanding of man! PRAISE GOD!!!

God has created each of us for a purpose! “And we KNOW that in ALL things GOD works together for the GOOD” Romans 8. In HIS time! Life is about living and discovering whatever that purpose may be. All the signs of the last days are all about us! "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25-28. Knowing this we can be thankful as time draws near! Prepare today! JESUS IS COMING SOON!

In Him we can have blessed assurance! It is “ For it is in HIM we live and move and have our being!” Acts 17. Yes be aware! Yes express your doubts and fears! However make Him your focus! Not in a legalistic religious way. Yes, there will be some difficult days. But, God still wants us to enjoy life on this side of heaven. Spend time in His presence, meditating upon His Word. Allow Him to write His Word upon the tables of your heart. Trust Him to bring it to your memory when needed. His Word is precious Essential Spiritual Food for our souls! You have as much time as you need with the Lord, because time belongs to Him! Draw closer to Him regardless of what is happening or not happening about you. Despite what is happening in this world know that He is still in control! His Word is being fulfilled!

Make it a point to spend time in His presence today! Be Thankful today because tomorrow is not promised! We know from His Word that even when your days may be few if it is His will He can extend time! If your Faith is dwindling and your heart troubled ask the Lord to rekindle your FAITH! Surrender your anxiety, depression, sadness, doubt, regrets, disappointments or sickness to Him and let Him restore your JOY! Recommit or commit to His will and His way! God is our Protector, Healer and Deliverer we must continuously learn to entrust our well being to HIM! Allow Him to be your Refuge and Fortress!

God has already given us the Greatest Gift ever which is JESUS CHRIST!! We can Celebrate Christmas, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving , Anniversaries, Birthdays, Holidays and everyday knowing that “”The earth is the LORD’S and everything in it the world and them that dwell therein!” Psalm 24. Trust God for brighter moments, better days and many more precious memories ahead! He CAN and will supply ALL of our needs in CHRIST JESUS! GOD TRULY IS ABLE!! Prayer and Faith go together!

Keep in mind that each day is a day to be Thankful! “This is the Day that The LORD has MADE! Let us REJOICE and be GLAD in it!” GOD BLESS YOU!



Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on April 08, 2013:

LadyE, You are so welcome! We can always find something to be thankful for when we have the Lord in our lives! As you so wisely stated: "By His mercies we are not consumed..." Amen! & Praise GOD!

Thank you for stopping by to share! It is always a pleasure. In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Elena from London, UK on April 05, 2013:

~Thanks for an Inspiring read. I am thankful to God everyday. By His mercies we are not consumed and His Mercies are New Every Morning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 19, 2013:

Rolly A Chabot, Yes indeed. "Each day is a blessing..." Thank you for stopping by to share! May the Blessings of our Lord be with you and the Mrs in Jesus Name. Sending hugs right back to you, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on February 13, 2013:

Hi DeBorrah... Each day is a blessing and each moment has something to confirm that we are loved... well written as always...

Many hugs from Canada

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 09, 2013:

FSlovenec, Marvelous! You are Spot On! As you well stated; the key words here is "as we are willing to submit to His Will & Way..." Amen!

Thank You for stopping by to share, your comments are appreciated and welcomed! Please do come again, Peace & Blessings!

Frank Slovenec from San Francisco, CA on February 05, 2013:

He will lead you or I as we are willing to submit to His Will & Way is IMPORTANT! I so want to “Abide in the Shadow of the Almighty...! ”

Great hub this is very good content and writing!!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 05, 2013:

Pollyannalana, AMEN! Each day is truly a GIFT from the LORD! Tomorrow is not promised. We CAN be THANKFUL that we have the LORD within our lives! We must PRAY for discernment... Continue to open our spiritual eyes Lord!

Thank You for stopping by to share, Peace & Blessings!

Pollyannalana from US on February 04, 2013:

The world is getting to be such a scary place so this has been exactly what I have been doing. How will any make it without the Lord? Well we know they can't and it is time to be watching. Great write.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 30, 2013:

Rajan Jolly, Thank You! We have so much to be thankful for. Life truly is a precious gift from the Lord! As you so wonderfully stated: "It's only His benevolence that gives us this gift and we must make it a point to thank Him for these and many other such gifts of life." AMEN!

Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 28, 2013:

This is a very inspiring and beautiful hub DeBorrah. We should make a point to count our blessings and be thankful to the Lord for being alive. Having good health, parents, friends, relatives, healthy hands and feet so we may not be dependent are some of the gifts that cannot be bought with money. It's only His benevolence that gives us this gift and we must make it a point to thank Him for these and many other such gifts of life.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 22, 2013:

Lady E, I always enjoy you stopping by as well! I truly believe that each day is a "Gift!" from God! We may not know what each day may bring but we can always be sure that regardles of what happens that GOD is in complete contr0l! Nothing comes our way that gets by our Heavenly Father! "For it is in HIM we live and move and have our being..." THANK YOU LORD!

Have a marvelously Blessed week as well! In HIS Love, as always God Bless You! & Thank You!

Elena from London, UK on January 21, 2013:

I always enjoy visiting this Hub. Every time, I gain something different. I love your attitude of gratitude when you wake up, first thing.

Have a blessed week. xx

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on November 01, 2012:

Sweetie, Be ENCOURAGED! Thank You for stopping by & God Bless You!

sweetie1 from India on October 28, 2012:

You are right and we should not let yesterday ruin our today. Yesterday is history and tomorrow no one knows what it would bring so live life to maximum in present.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 01, 2012:

iguidenetwork, THANK YOU! How nice of you to stop by and share, Please do come again, PEACE & BLESSINGS!

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on January 31, 2012:

Lovely hub...very graceful.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 30, 2012:

Lady E, Just know that whatever you are going through that you are never alone! BELIEVE & KNOW; At some point The LORD WILL work "EVERYTHING together for the GOOD..." Keep looking up! I know that the LORD has much more in store for you! Be encouraged! It is ALWAYS nice to hear from You!

Thank You for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace, HUGS & BLESSINGS! GOD BLESS YOU!

Elena from London, UK on January 30, 2012:

I dropped by to read this again. It encourages me that no matter what I am going through, I should still be thankful for each new day.

Thanks. Stay Blessed. x

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 23, 2012:

Nell Rose, You are so welcome! My pleasure and so glad that you have been encouraged! Thank you for stopping by to share, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

Nell Rose from England on January 22, 2012:

This is beautiful,and so true, thanks for sharing such a wonderful hub, cheers nell

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 05, 2012:

James! You are so very welcome & Thank You! Each day truly is a Gift from the LORD!

The Story of King Hezekiah is Marvelous! I don’t think it was by coincidence but by Divine intervention… It is amazing when you think about the fact that God is aware of exactly where each one of us are and what we need at any given time! I too PRAY that many others are enlightened and encouraged! We can experience His Peace & Contentment when we become focused on Him! So be encouraged and may He give you even more JOY for the journey!

So glad that you enjoyed the photographs as well!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! May this be a Wonderful Fulfilling Year! GOD BLESS YOU!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 04, 2012:

DR Pastor Carlotta, Amen! God is Amazing! I believe that we all can find something to be THANKFUL for! So glad that you have been inspired! Thank You for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

James A Watkins from Chicago on January 03, 2012:

Thank you for this awesome message. I also love your choice of gorgeous photographs!

You wrote: "I realize that life is not all about what's happening or not happening to me... It is important to learn how to shift your focus to The LORD!"

AMEN!! Well said.

Just today I was reading the story of King Hezekiah in 2 Kings! Isn't that a coincidence?

As you said, "time is so precious"

It sure is, Sister. It is the one thing we cannot make more of.

I enjoyed your article. I hope it edifies many. God Bless You. And Happy New Year! :-)


Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on January 02, 2012:

DeBorrah, I am thankful for everything God has done for me and others!!! Very uplifting and inspiring message. Voted-Up! LOVE YOU!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 02, 2012:

Lady E, YES! You are so very welcome! Let us continue to Look to The Lord! Be encouraged! I know that He has great things in store for you! May this be one of your best years ever... GOD BLESS YOU!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Elena from London, UK on January 01, 2012:

I am grateful to God for today and for this Year. Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring Message. Wishing you a lovely New Year.

Best Wishes.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 31, 2011:

CloudExplorer, Thank You for receiving this in the spirit in which it was intended! GOD truly is GOOD! We can ALWAYS find something to be THANKFUL for in The LORD!

Thank you for stopping by to share and please do come again! Your comments and insight are welcomed here!

May 2012 be a Marvelously BLESSED Year in The LORD for You! Peace & Blessings! ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR! & GOD BLESS ~

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 31, 2011:

Cristina, We both share a LOVE for the LORD and HIS WORD! We must continue to TRUST in HIM during this time of turbulence in the world! We can find PEACE knowing that THE LORD IS IN CONTROL! HE truly is "The Author and Finisher of our FAITH!" GOD is FAITHFUL! He truly is able to Keep us! Thank You for stopping by to share your marvelous words of encouragement, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! Have a Marvelously BLESSED 2012! GOD BLESS YOU!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 31, 2011:

Happyboomernurse, It really helps to put things into the proper prospective when we acknowledge God each day! We are on one accord! So glad that you are encouraged!

Thank You for stopping by to share your encouraging words as well! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a Blessed & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mike Pugh from New York City on December 30, 2011:

This is a great year ends hub to help folks endure the inevitability of its closing. 2011 has definitely been a year to put in the historical archives, and I must say I enjoyed every moment of it all.

I like the positivity you've expressed throughout your entire hub and it motivates me to read many more of your hub in 2012 and beyond. Thanks for sharing and for showing the biblical perspective on things as well. Voted up on many levels.

Have an enjoyable and safe 2012 @ DeBorrah, Happy New Years to all.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 29, 2011:

BkCreative, Thank you for the Joy wishes! Luv the wonderful example about the cat you rescued! Carolyn, Thank You for sharing your Mother's words of wisdom as well!

In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 28, 2011:

Stars, So glad that you have been encouraged! I realize that this can be a very difficult time of the year for many...! I wanted to stress the fact that we can find reasons to be THANKFUL for all year long! Each day really is a GIFT from the LORD!

I am most thankful for a wonderful Christmas! GOD truly is GOOD! Thank you for your words of encouragement! My prayers and thoughts are with you and your lovely family! “ A family that PRAYS together stays together!” GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!

Take care! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 28, 2011:

Kristina, As Always THANK YOU! Yes indeed! “We have an AWESOME GOD!” I welcome you to share your insightful commentary that further serves to enlighten and encourage! AMEN! Each day truly is a gift from the Lord!

I pray that your Christmas was BLESSED and that the New Year brings forth many Blessings from the Lord!

In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! Take care! & GOD BLESS YOU!

Cristina Santander from Manila on December 26, 2011:

What a lovely hub it is,filled with encouraging insights to help us face the coming year 2012. Yes for the year 2012 indeed we have to focus our eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Thank you DeBorrah for these great reminders. Amidst disappointments in life, amidst trials and struggles, amidst distresses we have to fix our eyes on Jesus. May you be blessed today and always. I wish you a blessed 2012. Best regards.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 25, 2011:

I start my day in the exact same way! Yes, each day is a prescious gift to be rejoiced in. Thanks for sharing this insightful and thought-provoking hub that gladdens the spirit.

Hope you have a Merry Christmas with your family and loved ones.

God Bless,


BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 25, 2011:

We do need to be reminded to be thankful. How awful that we are teaching our children to be thankful...only if gift is involved, something tangible.

I am so thankful so often that I find myself waking up each morning in a state of euphoria.

I often think of my mother's words of wisdom. Such as now when I adopted a rescued cat who was left starved, flea bitten with kittens and near death. But she has come into my home over a year ago and every single day she runs and plays and makes me laugh out loud...and I thought she would be damaged and hiding but my mother would say "She is just glad to be alive and glad to be a cat." Ah, even other animals know how to be grateful!

Thanks for this reminder!

And here's wishing you much joy!


stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on December 24, 2011:

So Precious , and beautifully written are your words in this wonderful hub. Your writing serves to bring warmth , and love into our lives on Christmas.

Wishing you, and your beautiful family a wonderful Christmas experience in the joy of our loving Father in Heaven. Wishing you, and all your family wonderful good health, and financial prosperity as our New Year will begin to unfold. Thank you for another blessed wonderful year of your angelic words that are blessed by our Father in Heaven,and that are filled with love, knowledge, education, and of beauty and of truth.

Christine from Michigan on December 23, 2011:

This is beautiful DeBorrah. We have an awesome God and the life He gives us is a gift. What a beautiful way for you to start out each day. Our God is awesome! He loves each of us as if we were His only child. Each morning when we open our eyes we have the gift of another day to be thankful for. Some days amongst all the hustle and bustle we forget what is important. Everything here on earth is temporal. The time spent with God will last for eternity. Stay blessed and have a wonderful Christmas DeBorrah. Happy Birthday Jesus!

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