Here is a Fantastic Invitation For You

I shook my head in disbelief.
This couldn't be the right place.
After all, I couldn't possibly be welcome here.
I had been given an invitation several times,
by several different people,
and had finally decided to see what this place was all about.
But, this just couldn't be the right place.

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 couldn't shake the grime that clung to my body.

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.
I mumbled my name without looking up.
I thrust my hands deep into my pockets,
hoping to conceal their stains.

He didn't 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 couldn't believe what I heard!
A grin broke out on my face and I said,
"Yes, of course!"

He led me to a table and, sure enough,
there was a place card
with my name written on it in a deep, dark red.
As I browsed over a menu,
I saw many delightful items listed.
There were things like,
"assurance, "
and "mercy."
I realized that 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!

Will you
accept the invitation?

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