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Be Thankful For Thorns #35338 11/06/02 09:47 AM
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A friend of mine sent me this 5 years ago when I was going through one of the lowest points in my life and it was a great comfort and for some reason I had saved it in my files..what a comfort and I remind myself as another friend told me..
"If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it"

Being Thankful for Thorns A little long but worth reading.

>Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks as she pushed against a
>November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like a
>spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor
>automobile accident stole her ease. During this Thanksgiving week she
>would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren't
>enough, her husband's company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose
>holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come. What's worse,
>Sandra's friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path
>to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer?
>"She has no idea what I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder.
>Thanksgiving? Thankful for what? she wondered. For a careless driver whose
>truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved
>her life but took that of her child?
>"Good afternoon, can I help you?" The shop clerk's approach startled her.
>"I....I need an arrangement," stammered Sandra. "For Thanksgiving? Do you
>want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a
>customer favorite I call the Thanksgiving Special?" asked the shop clerk.
>"I'm convinced that flowers tell stories," she continued. "Are you looking
>for something that conveys 'gratitude' this Thanksgiving?" "Not exactly!"
>Sandra blurted out. "In the last five months, everything that could go wrong
>has gone wrong." Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the
>shop clerk said, "I have the perfect arrangement for you." Then the
>door'ssmall bell rang, and the shop clerk said, "Hi, Barbara...let me get
>your order." She politely excused herself and walked toward a small
>workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery,
bows,
>and long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly
>snipped: there were no flowers. "Want this in a box?" asked the clerk.
>Sandra watched for the customer's response. Was this a joke? Who would want
>rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman
>laughed. "Yes, please," Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. "You'd
>think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn't be so moved by
its
>significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again," she said as she
>gently tapped her chest. "Uh," stammered Sandra, "that lady just left with,
>uh....she just left with no flowers!" "Right. I cut off the flowers. That's
>the Special.I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.""Oh, come on, you
>can't tell me someone is willing to pay for that!" exclaimed Sandra.
"Barbara
>came into the shop three years ago feeling very much like you feel today,"
>explained the clerk. "She thought she had very little to be thankful for.
She
>had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was
>into drugs, and she was facing majo surgery."
>"That same year I had lost my husband," continued the clerk, "and for the
>first time in my life, had just spent the holidays alone. I had no
> children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any
>travel." "So what did you do?" asked Sandra."I learned to be thankful for
>thorns," answered the clerk quietly. "I've always thanked God for good
things
>in life and never to ask Him why those good things happened to me, but when
>bad stuff hit, did I ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times
>are important. I always enjoyed the 'flowers' of life, but it took thorns to
>show me the beauty of God's comfort. You know, the Bible says that God
>comforts us when we're afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to
>comfort others."
>Sandra sucked in her breath as she thought about the very thing her friend
>had tried to tell her. "I guess the truth is I don't want comfort. I've lost
>a baby and I'm angry with God." Just then someone else walked in the shop.
>"Hey, Phil!" shouted the clerk to the balding, rotund man. "My wife sent me
>in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement...twelve thorny, long-stemmed
>stems!" laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue-wrapped arrangement
>from the refrigerator. "Those are for your wife?" asked Sandra incredulously.
>"Do you mind me asking why she wants something that looks like that?"
>"No...I'm glad you asked," Phil replied. "Four years ago my wife and I
nearly
>divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord's
>grace and guidance, we slogged through problem after problem. He rescued our
>marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to
>remind her of what she learned from "thorny"times, and that was good enough
>for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each
>one for a specific "problem" and give thanks for what that problem taught
us."
>As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, "I highly recommend the Special!"
>"I don't know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life." Sandra said
to
>the clerk. "It's all too...fresh." "Well," Sandra replied carefully, "my
>experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious. We treasure
>God's providential care more during trouble than at any other time.
Remember,
>it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don't
>resent the thorns."
>Tears rolled down Sandra's cheeks. For the first time since the accident,
she
>loosened her grip on resentment. "I'll take those twelve long-stemmed
thorns,
>please," she managed to choke out. "I hoped you would," said the clerk
>gently. "I'll have them ready in a minute."" Thank you. What do I owe you?"
>"Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first
>year's arrangement is always on me." The clerk smiled and handed a card to
>Sandra. "I'll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you'd like to
>read it first." It read: "My God, I have never thanked You for my
thorns.
>I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my
>thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my
>thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain.
>Show me that, through
>my tears, the colors of your rainbow look much more brilliant."
>In everything give thanks: for this is the Will of God in Christ Jesus
>concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
>


Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Re: Be Thankful For Thorns #35339 11/06/02 10:21 AM
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Steve Offline
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Whew!!

You'd better get some sleep Lady!!! You get malicious at this hour of the night and you will have the whole place in tears if you keep this up!

God bless ya!


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