One can never pay in gratitude: one can only pay ‘in kind’ somewhere else in life.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Some people like to express their gratitude by “paying it forward” through doing “random acts of kindness”. They might secretly pay for the coffee for the car sitting behind them at the drive through coffee stand, or put coins in an expired parking meter to prevent a yellow parking ticket on the windshield for someone who hasn’t kept track of the time. These are generous gestures that express gratitude by providing an undeserved gift of momentary grace to another.
Undeserved grace is not momentary in our lives; it is extended to us forever. It was paid in kind, paid in full, and never ever random. We can only respond in unspeakable gratitude and joy at the gift we have been given.