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Facing challenges with grace

Published on -8/30/2013, 12:48 PM

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As I was driving home from picking up my rescue dog, I began to wonder in amazement how God can teach us lessons in life from some of the most unsuspecting sources.

You see, my rescue dog was abused and not cared for properly. When she broke her front leg, it was never set. Therefore, she hops around with her three good legs just carrying the "bad" leg.

She can jump. She can run and fetch. She can do everything a dog with four working legs can do. Her approach, however, is a little different than most dogs.

She kind of hops and gallops all at one time. Her ears, which are not that long, fly in the wind as she "walks." This doesn't seem to stop her, and she doesn't seem to know she is differently abled.

As I watch her, I am taught. I am reminded no matter what challenges we face in life, we can find a way to adapt. I am reminded there is not just one way to do things, and it doesn't always matter how we do them, but that we do them. I am reminded what might seem like a handicap to others, to the one who is facing the challenge it is just a fact of life and life must go on.

I also am reminded we have a choice of how we face the challenges in life. Roxie, my dog, has decided she will not let it affect her spirit. She has a very sweet and gentle spirit and, if given the opportunity,o she will share that spirit with you in a warm and genuine welcome.

So, dear readers, I wonder what challenges you are facing at this time in your life. I wonder how you will choose to deal with these challenges. There are many options open to us. We can choose to ignore challenges, perhaps causing us to want to run and hide, or we can face the challenges head on.

Choosing to face the challenges head on, while they might be difficult, also can provide us the opportunity to remember we don't have to "go it on our own."

We have a loving and merciful God that stands ready to help us. Remember Paul tells us that on our own there is much we cannot accomplish, but with God all things are possible.

My prayer for each of you, dear readers, is that as you go through life you will be surprised and attentive to the sources that teach you life lessons. May they be lessons that remind you of a grace-filled and merciful God that calls us to live our life in his love and compassion no matter what challenges are ahead of us, confident God will provide us what we need to continue forward.

The Rev. Lesley Radius is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hays.

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