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 door 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 a long, long time ago."