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Grace where you least expect it
By Linda Wegner

If only I could figure them out. Leviticus. Crossword puzzles. Life.

Let's start with Leviticus. As part of my regular reading program, I'm going through that book of the Old Testament once again. For those who are familiar with it, I probably don't have to say anything else; for those readers who aren't, all I can say is that plowing through the litany of Old Testament expectations can be ponderous, to say the least. I have to admit that on too many occasions I've skimmed over the text but to my credit, however, I see that I've also underlined some passages, indicating that I've garnered some nuggets of truth. This time, however, I determined to go deeper, to discover God's purpose in all those rules and regulations and to my delight, I've discovered more about God's grace than the imposition of laws.

Then, there are crossword puzzles. I read God's Word each day, I enjoy my daily walks, I am faithful to perform my regular household duties but when I am free to sit and relax, out comes the puzzle book. (Kudos to our local bookstore for keeping a great selection of them on the shelves.) Within each book there is a wide variety of posers as well as varying levels of difficulty; what they all have in common, however, is a focus on word selection. While some answers are simple, occasionally I have to admit defeat and look up the solution.

Last, but actually first, there is life, filled with conundrums that no one escapes: Why the pain? Where's the answer? How come this is happening to me/us? When will it end? What good can possibly come out of it all?

How wonderful to know, when answers aren't there, His grace remains.

"My grace is sufficient for you...made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Feb. 4, 2019