Today I am thankful for Dr. Molly Marshall, president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I came to know Dr. Marshall through the John Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church of Charleston, the Chautauqua Institution and through her writings. She is a gifted, hard working, warm person who lives her theology day by day. In her distinguished career she has returned good for evil and has soared in the process. She has spoken twice at the Hamrick Lectures and is very popular with the congregation. I find her to be amazingly humble and amazingly spiritually challenging at the same time. She has caused me to constantly challenge myself to examine my spiritual life and what that means to my daily walk with God and with my fellow man. She is one of those rare people who can call out the best in people. Both Carol and I are blessed that this wonderful servant leader has come into our lives. Her writings about the death of her doctor husband, Douglas on Pentecost Sunday, are beautiful and inspiring. If you are not familiar with her, you want to sign up for her blog, Trinitarian Soundings.  As you know I believe that the people who come into our lives are gifts from God. On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful that God brought Molly Marshall into our lives.

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