Dear God…

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This story comes from Suspended Coffee Facebook, and yes the following story is 100% true!

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away 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, and 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 swim and play with balls. 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 and I recognized her 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

 

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”  Henry James

I think the story is absolutely beautiful, but the thing that really got me was the one line in the little girls letter, I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  Little 4 year old Meredith was able to give thanks to God even though she was mourning the loss of her beloved dog. She understood what a lot of us do not, that God doesn’t want us to give thanks FOR everything, but rather IN everything give thanks.  Simply put we need to find something to give thanks for IN everything that happens in our life.  Meredith was sad that her dog died but was happy that God let her have her even if that time wasn’t long enough.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Here’s my letter,

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my mom? She died last week and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my mom even though she got sick.

I hope you will visit with her. She likes to crochet and play dice. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my mom. I really miss her.

Love, Jay

What was your “in everything” that you were able to give thanks for?

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2 thoughts on “Dear God…

  1. My Momma died of cancer seven years ago, and it still seems like yesterday, I miss her so much. I like to think she is on the welcoming committee and is showing your Mom around the place.

    There was so much that we were thankful for, and we spent the day before she died at the side of her bed showering her with words of affection and gratitude. She knew where she was going, and said it was going to be a beautiful homecoming day. I believe it was. She had no fear, only a simple love and trust in the One who she couldn’t wait to meet.

    I love that we can look forward to our own homecoming, and be reunited with those we love, because of our mutual faith in Christ. THAT is what I’m most thankful for.

    Blessings,
    Lyn

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