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Wondering about “the Thorn”

November 12, 2013
My God,
I have never thanked Thee for my thorn!
I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses,
but never once for my thorn.
Teach me the glory of the cross I bear.
Teach me the value of my thorns.
Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain.
Show me that my tears have made my rainbow.
—George Matheson (1842–1906)


All these rainy days…

I’ve been wondering a lot about the trials that God gives us.

I can help others, but not myself.
I have to bear my burdens by myself

– But why?

Will there ever be any easier periods?

I have dedicated my life to God – in my on way – or actually –

according to the will of God.

The Thorn in the Flesh

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations,

a thorn in the flesh was given to me,

a messenger of Satan to buffet me,

lest I be exalted above measure.

Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

And He said to me,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,

that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities,

in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.

For when I am weak, then I am strong.

(2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

I must, therefore, be humble in the right way.
Humble before God, but strong with people?
At least, Strong in faith and trust in God.

There is a wonderful song about Gods grace – and human weakness.

I didn’t find lyrics in English, but  it’s really beautiful to listen:


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