On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Bruce Jayne brings to my life. Bruce is a native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Mississippi. After graduation he entered the Navy for five years and served as the protestant coordinator for the chaplain. He met wife Sarah Turner while stationed in Florida. She is a Carson Newman University graduate. After his navy tour he entered the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he studied with renowned professors including Dr. Glenn Hinson,  who spoke at the Hamrick Lectures. He was a classmate of the Rev. Dr. Thomas McKibbens, who also spoke at the Hamrick Lectureship. Bruce and Sarah are tireless community workers in the areas of social justice and poverty issues. He is a licensed pastoral counselor and both are active at Circular Congregational Church. Bruce retired as director of the pastoral counseling program at Roper/St. Francis Hospital. Bruce is a mainstay of the Monday Lunch Bunch at the S&S Cafeteria. I get the privilege of prodding him with many thorny theological questions which he always answers with grace. On this Thankful Thursday, I am very blessed to have Bruce Jane in 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.