At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate. There was a slice of bread and a glass of water. He looked at his father's full plate and then at his father, but his father remained silent. The boy was crushed.
The father waited for the full impact to sink in, then used that as an opportunity to teach his son about grace. He quietly took the boy's plate and placed it in front of himself. He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son. He had given his word, there had to be consequences. But he took the consequences on himself. When that boy grew to be a man, he said, “All my life I've known what God is like by what my father did that night.”