One day Thomas Jefferson and a group of other men were fording a swollen stream on horseback. A man on the bank of the river waited until several of the men crossed. Then he waved to Jefferson and asked to be taken across, and the President gladly obliged. When the wayfarer reached the other side, one of the men asked, “Tell me, why did you select the President to ask this favor of?” The man replied, “I didn’t know he was the President. All I know is that on some faces is written the answer ”˜No’ and on some the answer ”˜Yes.’ His face was one of the latter.
–Chuck Swindoll, The Grace Awakening (Dallas:Word Publishing, 1990), used by yours truly in this morning’s sermon