I love the quote:"You can complain because roses have thorns, Or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." I like it because it made me think. All the thorns in my life are the very ones that have brought me closer with Jesus. If it had not been for all the pain(thorns) I have experienced I would not be as close as I am to God. So I am choosing to rejoice because the thorns in my life has brought about something in me that I did not know was there. God seen a beautiful rose in me. But it took some pain in my life to bring it out.
And I know that some people will have a hard time with understanding about the intercession of Saints that are in heaven. But I feel God has given me some understanding about this through much prayer. I just came to God as a child. Asking Him to explain these things to me.