On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for the contributions of Gayland Pool to my life. Gayland is a retired Episcopal Priest in Ft. Worth, Texas. We were introduced years ago by Joe Gilliland. He is married to a fabulous writer and activist Katie Sherrod. Gayland helped me understand the conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention because he was experiencing the same sort of thing with the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Ft. Worth. His family are mostly Baptists from north Texas. I accused him of being a Baptist in Episcopal clothing. Gayland invited me to work with the lectors at St. Luke’s-in-the-Meadow Episcopal Church where he was rector. He also invited me to a meeting of The Ft.Worth Fund Raisers Association where I was immediately blown away. I met folks from Texas Woman’s University and the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My late sister-in-law, Joan Gilliland, and I visited both institutions. Joe called it broadening my horizons. I attended a never-to-be-forgotten reception at their home that included luminaries in Texas Politics. It was an unbelievable evening. We enjoyed several lunches and exhibits at the Amon Carter Museum. I was privileged to attend a cottage service where Gayland officiated. He baked the bread for the Eucharist and the children served it. It was one of the most moving services I have attended. Gayland is a devoted Christian, a tireless worker for the downtrodden, and a joy to be around. My life is blessed because Gayland Pool is a part of it.

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