Quickly, I glanced down at the invitation that i clutched in my hand. I scanned past the words, " Come as you are. No jacket required." And found the location. Yes, I was at the right place. I peered through the window again and saw a room of people whose faces seemed to glow with joy. All were neatly dressed, adorned in fine garments and appeared strangely clean as they dined at this exquisite restaurant.
Ashamed, I looked down at my own tattered and torn clothing, covered in stains. I was dirty, in fact, filthy. A foul smell seemed to consume me and I could not shake the grime that clung to my body. As I turned around to leave, the words from the invitation seemed to leap out at me... "Come as you are. No jacket required."
I decided to give it a shot. Mustering up every bit of courage I could find, I opened the door to this restaurant and walked up to a man standing behind a podium. "Your name sir? He asked me with a smile. " Jimmy D. Brown." I mumbled without looking up. I thrust my hands deep into my pockets, hoping to conceal their stains. He did not seem to notice the filth that I was covered in and he continued, "Very good, sir. A table is reserved in your name. Would you like to be seated?"
I could not believe what I heard! A grin broke out on my face and I said "Yes, of course!" He lead me to a table and, sure enough, there was a placard with my name written on it in a deep, dark red. As I browsed over the menu, I saw many delightful items listed. There were things like, "peace," "joy," "blessings," "confidence," "assurance," "hope," "love," "faith" and "mercy." I realized this was no ordinary restaurant! I flipped the menu back to the front in order to see where I was at... "God's Grace," was the name of this place!
The man returned and said, " I recommend the 'Special of the Day'. With it, you are entitled to heaping portions of everything on this menu. You've got to be kidding! I thought to myself. You mean, I can have ALL of this! "What is the 'Special of the Day' I asked with excitement ringing in my voice. "SALVATION" was his reply. I'll take it, " I practically cried out".