Shabbat Shalom: Heaven’s Grocery Store [with audio]

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Today’s Shabbat Shalom post is a poem I used to recite as a child which crossed my path again this week. Stroll with me through heaven’s grocery store.

As I was walking down life’s highway
A long, long time ago
One day 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 the next day 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 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
He was all over the place
And then some STRENGTH and COURAGE
To help me run life’s race

My basket was getting full
But I remembered I needed GRACE

And then I chose SALVATION
For it was available for free
I tried to get enough of that
For both 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 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”

Author Unknown

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