Christians express thanksgiving for painful lessons? Alice Reynolds Flower,
co-founder of the Pentecostal Evangel, suggested that suffering,
even when the benefits are doubtful, should not be forgotten.
In an article published 75 years ago, Flower warned that "we are in danger of forgetting" the seasons in life of bitter loss, weeping and heartache. Noting that "life [comes] out of death," she reminded readers that "the cruel plow cutting and overturning the earth" brings forth life and beauty in a field of daisies.
"Are you at an uprooting stage this particular season?" To this question Flower responded, "Lift a song of praise out of the midst of this present confusion. The past reveals to us His benefits; the present is full of them if you could but discern; and the future shall declare them through all eternity." She encouraged Christians to express thanksgiving for all things and to "shout together" the imperative found in Psalm 103:2: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits!"
Read the entire article by Alice Reynolds Flower, "And Forget Not: A Thanksgiving Reminder," on pages 2-3 of the November 20, 1937, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* "A Life of Constant Thanksgiving," by Stanley H. Frodsham
* "A Thanksgiving Eve Transformation," by Zadok Arkush
And many more!
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