On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for Blanche Ellen Smith. She is a pillar at First Baptist Church of Charleston having played the piano and organ for over fifty years, but she will be moving to Savannah soon to be near her daughter and her family. When Blanche Ellen and the late David Redd played duets you knew the angels were standing still to listen. Her late husband, Billy, was the first person I discussed starting the John Hamrick Lectureship Series with. When he gave the idea the thumbs up, I knew that we had smooth sailing. Besides knowing everything about everything at First Baptist, she is charming, witty and encouraging. In the years that I have known her, I have never heard an unkind word come from her. We will miss her terribly. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the friendship, talent, grace and witness of Blanche Ellen Smith.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the presence of an important person in your life. Who are you thankful for today? Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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