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Wednesday, 30 April 2008

A lovely Story

Today I received this today and thought I would share it with you as it really is a lovely story.

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 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 happ y 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 pictur e 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

Luv Chriss x


Denise said...

What beautiful letters and what a gracious gesture! It made me all teary! Chriss, thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Jaqi said...

Ah, how lovely is that, Im all teary too, Some people just seem to always have the correct words to use in situations like this. That is an amazing ability. And no doubt they will get their reward in Heaven. Thank you for sharing this, its very moving. Jaqi x

sheffsue said...

Oh..that is so beautiful. It restore your faith in human nature.
There are some wonderful, kind people in this world.

Sue x

sesga loves 1950s said...

AH ,this story made me shiver all over! its amazing! ,What wonderful person did this ? the answer is simple it WAS GOD.
thanks for sharing your beautiful story Chris you are a fantastic mum ,for giving your daughter faith .
love from sesga xx

Bunny B said...

Oh, Chriss....this is such a beautiful touching story! I'd love to link this to my blog to share. Is that ok with you? Thanks!

Susan said...

Yep, teary here too. What a touching story! Thank you for sharing it, Chriss.

Jennie Skaggs said...

I have heard a similar story makes me cry every time. Jennie

Kaz Scrapz said...

Yep another one weeping buckets too - what a wonderful and moving story - there are so many kind and wonderful people in this world - it is so comforting to read about peoples kindness (instead of reading the newspapers and hearing about the bad). xxx Karen