On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Carl Tolbert brings to my life. Carl is a retired U. S. Army colonel and chaplain. He grew up in Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served all over the United States, Europe and Asia. He and wife, Pat, are active members at the United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ Church in West Ashley. Carl is a member of the Monday Lunch Bunch at the S&S Cafeteria. He and Pat are great travelers and have been everywhere including many fabulous cruises. They have a camper which sees lots of use. Carl has enjoyed a teaching career both before going into the Army and during. He has great stories about his experiences, but the stories he tells about his father, one of the first Texas highway patrolmen, are even better.  Carl has a deep and seasoned faith that combines his deep Texas roots and his worldwide experiences. I always come away from our discussions with some spiritual nuggets as well as some good stories. Pat, a librarian, is a whiz with the computer and with numbers. On this Thankful Thursday I am happy that Carl Tolbert is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad you did.