Thanks for the thorns

I saw this quote on Facebook: “75% of Facebook quotes are made up” (Abraham Lincoln)
While I’m pretty sure he didn’t say that, I saw another Lincoln quote that seems to be legit based on what little research I did. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
I have used that quote to help people (and myself) gain perspective in the middle of a “whiny” time. It is good to look for the blessings in the middle of the challenges of life. But is it possible to thank God for the challenges of life?


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