On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence of Don Kirkland in my life. Don is the retiring editor of The South Carolina Baptist Courier. The Baptist Courier has been a staple in my home for as long as I can remember. Don succeeded another famous, influential editor, John Roberts. He joined the staff in 1974 as assistant editor.He became editor in 1996. Don has steered his ship through perilous seas in Baptist life. Not only is he a skilled journalist, commentator and editor, but he is also a valued mentor. I have sought his help and advice on many occasions. He is a supporter of the Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church and of Say Something Nice Sunday. Don is a graduate of Anderson College, the University of South Carolina, and Erskine Theological Seminary. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree by Charleston Southern University. He and wife Linda are members of Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville. This was my church home when I was a student at Furman University. His reasoned and trustworthy voice will be greatly missed. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Don Kirkland brings to my life.

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