My dear neighbor Linda told me the following story that she'd heard from her pastor recently:
A man who was not from the South was traveling through a Southern state and stopped in a diner to order breakfast. He ordered bacon and eggs, but when his meal arrived, he saw the plate had bacon, eggs and also a hot, white goop on it. The man quickly asked the waitress about this extra item on his plate, and she explained he'd been served something called "grits" with his meal.
The man protested that he hadn't ordered grits, and the waitress said, "You don't have to order them." The man insisted that he would not pay for these grits that he hadn't even ordered, and the waitress said, "You don't have to pay for them." The man was very confused, but the waitress explained, "Sir, you don't have to order them and you don't have to pay for them. They just come."
That is grace. We don't have to ask or beg for God's grace to be upon us. We don't have to pay for or earn that grace in any way. We don't have to do anything to get it and there is nothing we need to do to deserve it. It just comes.
Grace always comes to us, like hot and steamy grits with your southern breakfast. Freely given with no payment needed or required. No matter what, grace always comes to us!