Heaven’s Grocery Store

(Author unknown)

As I was walking down life's highway
many years ago,
I came upon a sign that read
“Heaven’s Grocery Store.”

When I got a little closer
the doors swung open wide;
And when I came to myself
I was standing there inside.

I saw a host of angels.
They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket
and said "My child shop with care."

Everything a human needed
was in that grocery store;
And what you could not carry
you could come back for more.

First I got some Patience.
Love was in that same row.
Further down was Understanding,
you need that everywhere you go.

I got a box or two of Wisdom
and Faith a bag or two.
And Charity of course
I would need some of that, too.

I got some Strength and Courage
to help me run this race.
My basket was getting full
but I remembered I needed Grace,

And then I chose Salvation,
for Salvation was for free.
I tried to get enough of that,
to do for you and me.

Then I started to the counter
to pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I now had everything
to do the Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle
I saw Prayer and put that in,
For I knew when I stepped outside
I would run right into sin.

Peace and Joy were plentiful,
the last things on the shelf.
Song and Praise were hanging near
so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the angel,
"Now, how much do I owe?"
He smiled and said,

Just take them everywhere you go."

Again I asked, "Really now,
How much do I owe?"
"My child" he said, "God paid your bill
a long, long time ago."