On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the contributions of Dr. Arthur Caliandro to my life. Carol and I listened to him on the Hallmark Channel for many months before we heard him in person at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. When we met him after the service we were delighted that he was just as warm as we imagined him to be. When he came to Charleston with wife Sandy for the Hamrick Lectureship, a group of us went for dinner at Magnolia’s. Everyone said that it felt like a family reunion. Of course, his lectures were filled with spiritual insights on how Christians are to behave, treat one another and treat nonbelievers. He stressed that Christianity is incompatible with a negative attitude. He reminded us that we can never be sure that others will hear our words the way we intended them to be heard. Every minute we spent with him was a blessing. He told me on the telephone, “If I get to heaven and they are having a meeting, I will know that I went in the wrong direction.” When he left we felt that we had made a friend for life. He has since retired and divides his time between New York City and his beloved Maine. I am thankful for the contributions of Arthur Caliandro to my life.

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