On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that the Rev. Dr. Linda M. Bridges brings to my life. I first heard her at Chautauqua as the chaplain of the week in 1996. Because she, Joan Lipscomb Solomon and I are all South Carolinians we got together for lunch at the Athenian Hotel, the oldest wooden hotel in the United States still in service. Joan was a classmate at Furman and wrote a religion column for the Daily Chautaquan. Linda is a delightful person. Her father was a mountain preacher in the areas around upper Greenville County. She is one of the women forced out of her position at Southern Seminary, (Women should not teach men.) where she received her Ph. D. Linda had a profound influence on me that week with her preaching and living example of, “Grace upon Grace.” What a wonderful explanation of our lives. No one else has captured the meaning or the words of explanation that Linda did. She was a founding faculty member at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond where she taught New Testament, Greek and Women’s Studies.  She published, The Church’s Portrait of Jesus, in 1997 and, A Commentary on 1-2 Thessalonians, in 2007. She is now at Wake Forest University where she is Associate Director of Admissions. I will be forever grateful for the gifts that Dr. Linda Bridges brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the gifts of someone special 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 you did.