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Series: The Blessings of Adversity
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
This past Monday morning on the Today Show, a story made national news about a 16 year old girl from a rural Michigan city about 20 miles north of Saginaw. She attends West Branch Ogemaw Heights High School as a sophomore, and was nominated and placed on the Homecoming Court as a prank by some mean spirited students. Her name is Whitney Kropp, she is described by herself as different, she did not dressed like others in her class, she was rather tall and quite plain, she was not popular, she was not a social butterfly like others, and she was not by the standards of this world a beauty queen. The sophomore male that was selected to be her escort, upon discovering that she would be the one he had to escort withdrew from the court. He refused the Homecoming honor and to walk with the young girl on the field. In her own words she was insulted, she was humiliated, she had been the victim of a prank and the mean spiritedness of some classmates. Since being in High School, she had been the recipient of unkind gestures, and some form of bully-ism. When it was announced that she would represent the sophomores, they made fun and laughed at her. She decided that she would not even go to the Homecoming be ...
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