Tuesday, 14 July 2009

God lives in the Post Office

God Lives in the Post Office

This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the "dead letter office file" of the US Postal Service..

Our 14-year-old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith


We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith,' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.

Love,God

12 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is soooo darn sweet!

Decadent Housewife said...

That truly made my day. Thank you.

cinner said...

Well that's it for me, shedding a tear. ...just a minute I gotta get a kleenex. I'm back. What a beautiful thing to do, the letter obviously touched her heart and ours. Thankyou for reminding me of the truly beautiful people in our world.

jinksy said...

The tears are still trickling down my cheeks! Thare are some lovely people in the world, never mind heaven!

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is so lovely........

Gill in Canada

Foody said...

I am really struck that somebody was so kind as to take the time and trouble to write a letter and send a book. Is there somebody in the post office whose job it is to reply to letters from God, or did an individual just take it upon him/herself? Well, well, what can one say?

Sage said...

I love sometimes that humanity exists in the most mundane of places.. it took someone very special not to just ignore the heartfelt please of the little girl about her dog and what a great gesture.. xx

Nota Bene said...

wow...that's fantastic

Margaret's Ramblings said...

Just wow!!
words are beyond me.

Margaret

Madame DeFarge said...

Not a dry eye in the house after reading this. There are some good people in this world.

Lakeland Jo said...

I am glad everyone enjoyed this- it seemed to strike a chord.

TOM FOOLERY said...

What a wonderful story