On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that the Rev. Bernett (Bernie) Waitt brings to my life. Bernie grew up in Winnsboro, South Carolina and eventually made his way to Furman University and then to Southern Seminary. Along the way he had the good fortune of persuading Jane to be his wife. After serving as pastor at First Baptist Church of Timmonsville, he joined the administration of Dr. John Hamrick at the fledgling Baptist College of Charleston now Charleston Southern. Upon leaving the college post, he felt a new calling to the intentional interim pastorate. Since that time he has served twenty three interim assignments. He has repeated at some churches as many as three times. He was also Minister for Administration at Ashley Baptist River Baptist Church. Bernie has been a member of the Hamrick Lectureship Committee from the very beginning. He and Jane have added so much to our deliberations. He knows absolutely everyone in Baptists circles. He has also been a vital voice for work with senior citizens. Jane also taught math at Charleston Southern. Bernie and Jane are always willing to pitch in and help. On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful that the Rev. Bernett Waitt is part of 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.