Heaven’s Grocery Store

Heaven’s Grocery Store

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 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 couldn’t miss the Holy Ghost, it was all over the place.
And then 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 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 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 long, long time ago.”
© 1990 Ron DeMarco


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