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Door Keeper to the King
by Juanita Pittman-Brown
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Door-Keeper to the King

Psalm 84:10-12

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 O LORD Almighty,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.


There are things that occur in our life that we never forget and that make us who we are…One of those events for me occurred in June of 2006 and was further confirmed in 2007…It is a true story of a meeting I had with a man who became “My Favorite Greeter At Walmart”…This man is Aaron Walker…He is a very unique person who is a noted greeter at Walmart in Greenwood, South Carolina…I have been shopping at Walmart in Greenwood for many years now…I can remember being greeted by Aaron and often hearing the voice of Aaron when I would go there…He dresses neatly and wears a hat; but most of all, he wears the smile of one redeemed by our Lord and exudes a spirit of generosity and joy…

In 2006, I wrote a poem for Aaron, framed it, and took it to him…Since my gift truly lies in my meeting people and picking up on their spirit, I often write about those I meet like Aaron…Aaron was very kind and receptive when I took him the poem…I am sure that he was surprised to receive a poem from this poet…

It was a great joy of mine to take it to him…Later, he was working the day when I was fortunate enough to have a book-signing in this particular store…My writing the poem for him occurred in June, and the book-signing occurred in August 2006…

Then just recently I had another book-signing in this same Walmart at the invitation of of Randy Worthy, the store manager…At the time I thought I would ask Randy about having a signing, he was very kind to say that it would be fine if I would like to have one…When he said yes to my request, I thought that I should go promptly and schedule the signing…So, I dressed and drove to Walmart to see Randy who did not even know I was coming…When I arrived there, I saw Aaron, "my favorite greeter at Walmart"; and I told him why I had come…Aaron then said that Randy was busy in a meeting with all the department managers and that they were touring the store in the meeting…I said that I would wait, and Aaron said no and that he would take me to Randy to see him…I was thinking to myself that this would not be a good idea because I would be interrupting Randy’s meeting, but Aaron thought differently…We then proceeded to walk to the back of the store to see Randy, and I walked behind Aaron because I was certainly unsure how well I would be received by Randy since he was in a meeting, this is Christmas season, and he is very busy…But on I went with Aaron…When we saw Randy with the managers, Aaron told Randy that I needed to speak with him; and Randy interrupted his meeting to speak with me and set up a time for the signing…I am sure that the time to set this did not take over 5-10 minutes…It is amazing to me how quickly God can get something done and how He goes about getting things done…I am reminded in this event as the “door-keeper” of heaven taking me to the king…

In this instance at Walmart, Aaron, the door-keeper, took me to the king of the store, Randy, who is the store-manager…Not only was I received well, but I had all of my needs met graciously...On the day of the book-signing, Aaron came to my table and bought my newest book, What A Mother Says…How blessed I was by being ushered to the king and also that the door-keeper even came and bought my book… I am reminded in this too of God’s timing and that we have to respond promptly and venture out even when we are unsure…I am reminded that God will provide a way and the reception will be grand…I too am reminded of Psalms 84:10 and God’s provision…©

Juanita Pittman-Brown


Poem to Aaron Walker

Walking Above

“My Favorite Greeter at Walmart”

Here I am sharing of myself

As I greet each new day after I have thanked God

For the gift of time before me and I have knelt to pray --

Then I am off to meet those who will come my way

Where I will have the opportunity to share a portion of my day --

You see, I am a greeter at Walmart and I love my job indeed

But actually it is not a job to me --

It is my opportunity to plant love’s seed…

I love God and all that He has supplied for me --

I love all people and it is my prayer that God’s love through me they may see…

Each and every day I will arrive and I will gather up my thoughts

And I will pray before I start my day --

I will then look forward and anticipate meeting all of God’s children

To come my way --

I love people for they all belong to God --

I love the opportunity to share some time with each and every one

As I walk this earthen sod --

I am a minister of God above and I am an instrument of His divine love --

I am a servant who has a heart full of love for my fellow-man --

I am blessed to be married to a woman who has come to understand

That I am a minister of the Lord and I love being a greeter at Walmart

Where my heart over-flows each time I have the opportunity

To greet all who come my way and it is then I come to truly understand

That my purpose is to give some love from my cup of blessings away…

I walk above sometimes as I offer forth my hand --

I walk above and share joy and goodness as an offering of God’s love

For those who are down or saddened in anyway --

I offer some sunshine within the given day --

For those who are hurting and know no peace within I hand

Then some of my joy which over-flows from this cup of mine

And I offer them the umbrella of fellowship until there is arrival

Of life’s sunshine and there are those who bring

Some joy with them and fill this cup of mine and tomorrow

When I arise I will have a little more joy that over-flows my cup

Because with me others have shared with me some of their life’s sunshine…

One day I will walk above and I will be the greeter

At the doorway of heaven where I will welcome those I met

As a greeter at Walmart in my time on earth

And I then will truly understand what a smile and kind word were worth…©

To Aaron Walker

From Juanita Pittman-Brown

June 2006

Psalms 84: 10-12

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