Thursday is my run around day. Shortly after 8 am I dropped Becky off at our daughter and son-in-law’s home and then drove to the seminary. After that I decided to take a look at Ascension Lutheran in south St. Louis where our son has submitted his name to be considered for a call as Minister of Music. My next move was to find a place to eat. The Chinese restaurant on Hampton I sought has been replaced by a Club Fitness. So I ended up at Golden Corral on south Lindbergh. By the time I got back home, the temperature was headed for 80, and I changed into T shirt and shorts.
Since I needed to be back at our daughter’s house by 3, I went to Subway to buy a sub for Adam and myself for supper. When I was about to pay, I noticed my credit was not in my wallet. I had a problem. “I left my credit card at home.” I said, “Could you hold the subs while I get my credit card.” “Sure,” he said, “I’ll just put it in the cooler.”
I raced home and found my card in the shirt pocket I had worn in the morning. Back at Subway the manager, a young lady, was standing by the cash register with my subs. “Here you go,” she said. “I’ve got to pay for them,” I replied. She said, “No, you will not,” and handed me the bag. “Enjoy.” I said, “Thank you.”
When one receives grace, “Thank you,” is all one can say. Though it sounded so inadequate; yet, it was enough. To insist on paying would have ruined the surprising gift, because you can’t pay for grace.