On this Thankful Thursday, I am very thankful for the gift of Clyde Shokes to my life. Clyde has been a member of First Baptist Church of Charleston for his entire life. He is a fixture at the front door as a greeter. If Clyde is absent, everyone inquires about him. They miss his gift of a hard candy, but they miss his warm greeting even more. If I am absent, I know I will get a cheerful telephone call from Clyde telling me how much I was missed. He and his wonderful wife Millie and Carol and I share the same wedding anniversary, not the year, but the date. Although she has been homebound for several years now, Clyde remains cheerful. He is quick to tell you how God has blessed them. Clyde loves the Lord’s Prayer and is pleased every time the congregation prays it. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the presence of Clyde Shokes in my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day to express gratitude for those who have contributed so much to our lives. Select someone and let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be so glad that you did. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter.