By Linda Tancs

A popular song bears the title “Every Rose Has its Thorn.” You could say the same about us. As the sower’s parable in Mark’s gospel illustrates, we’re all capable of having thorns, like worldly anxiety, the lure of riches and the craving for other things (Mark 4:1-20). The key is to eliminate them. When a florist removes thorns from a rose bouquet, it creates more room in the vase. Likewise, when you remove the thorns from your life, you have more room to grow, to bear good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). You’ll come out smelling like a fragrant rose, an aroma pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 2:15).

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