The ringtone identified the message as from my son. I got up from bed to find he’d sent two pictures and a question. Dad, what does my friend do? The pictures were of a traffic ticket. His friend, newly working in the US from India, got a ticket for driving without an Oregon driving license.
I explained that his friend had five choices, including pleading not guilty and asking for a jury trial, and pleading guilty and paying the fine.
The friend told me he was very sorry for breaking the law. He knew it was wrong and wouldn’t drive again until he got a license.
I asked if he trusted me to take care of the matter for him. He did. I wrote a letter admitting guilt to the court, included a check as full payment of the fine, and put the letter in the mailbox at the front of our house. It was finished.
As I lay back down for the night, I thought of the chorus from a hymn from the 1970s.
He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay / I needed someone to wash my sins away. / And now I sing a brand new song: Amazing Grace all day long / Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)
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