~ Heavens Grocery Store ~
As I was walking down life's
highway many years ago,
I came upon a sign that read
Heavens 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 Masters 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."
Around the corner I have a friend
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell,
And he rang mine.
If, we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men..
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name..
"Tomorrow" I say "I will call on Jim"
"Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows..
Around the corner!- yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir-"
"Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend..
If you love someone, tell them..
Remember always to say what you mean..
Never be afraid to express yourself..
Take this opportunity to tell someone
what they mean to you..
Seize the day and have no regrets..
Most importantly, stay close to your
friends and family, for they have helped
make you the person that you are today
and are what it's all about anyway..
The difference between
expressing love and having regrets
is that the regrets may stay around forever..
Life is a coin.
You can spend it any way you wish,
but you can only spend it once
A certain man planted a rose and watered
Before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw a bud that would soon
blossom. He also saw the thorns, and he thought,
"How can any beautiful flower come from a plant,
burdened with so many sharp thorns?"
Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose,
and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people.
Within every soul, there is a rose.
The "God-like" qualities planted in us at birth,
growing amidst the thorns of our faults.
Many of us look at ourselves
and see only the thorns, the defects.
We despair, thinking nothing good can
possibly come from us.
We neglect to water the good within us,
and eventually it dies.
We never realize our potential.
Some don't see the rose within themselves.
It takes someone else to show it to them.
One of the greatest gifts a person can possess
is to be able to reach past the thorns and find
the rose within others.
This is the truest, most innocent,
and gracious characteristic of love
to know another person,including their faults,
recognize the nobility in their soul,
and yet still help another to realize
they can overcome their faults.
If we show them the rose, they will conquer the thorns.
Only then will they blossom,
and most likely,blooming thirty, sixty, a hundred-fold,
as it is given to them.
Our duty in this world is to help others,
by showing them their roses and not their thorns.
It is then that we achieve the love we should
feel for each other.
Only then can we bloom in our own garden.
Recipe For Friendship
Fold two hands together
And express a dash of sorrow.
Marinate it overnight,
And work on it tomorrow.
Chop one grudge in tiny pieces,
Add several cups of love.
Dredge with a large sized smile,
Mix with the ingredients above.
Dissolve the hate within you,
By doing a good deed,
Cut in and help your friend,
If he should be in need.
Stir in laughter, love and kindness,
From the heart it has to come.
Toss with genuine forgiveness,
And give your neighbor some.
The amount of people served,
Will depend on you,
It can serve the whole wide world,
If you really want it to.
I FOUND A PENNY TODAY
JUST LAYING ON THE GROUND
BUT IT'S NOT JUST A PENNY
THIS LITTLE COIN I FOUND
FOUND PENNIES COME FROM HEAVEN
THAT'S WHAT MY GRANDPA TOLD ME,
HE SAID ANGELS TOSS THEM DOWN
OH, HOW I LOVED THAT STORY.
HE SAID WHEN ANGELS MISS YOU
THEY TOSS A PENNY DOWN
SOMETIMES JUST TO CHEER YOU UP
OR TO MAKE A SMILE OUT OF YOUR FROWN
SO DON'T PASS BY THAT PENNY
WHEN YOUR FEELING BLUE,
IT MAY BE A PENNY FROM HEAVEN
THAT AN ANGEL'S TOSSED TO YOU
AN ANGEL IS NOW WATCHING OVER YOU.
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