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I received an email from a kind blog reader, Corrine, this morning. I just had to share it:

The Postal Service No One Hears About...
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. She dictated, and I wrote:

Dear God,

Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey?
She died yesterday, and is in Heaven.
We miss her very much!
We are happy that you let us have her as our dog,
even though she got sick.
I hope that you will play with her. She liked to play with balls and swim before she got sick. I am sending You some pictures of her so that when You see her in Heaven you will know she is our special dog. But I really do miss her! Love, Meredith Claire (P.S. Mommy wrote the words after I told them to her.
)

We put the letter in an envelope with two pictures of Abbey,
and addressed it to God in Heaven.
We put our return address on it.
Then Meredith stuck some stamps on the front
(because, as she said, it may take lots of stamps to get a letter all the way up to Heaven),
and that afternoon I let her drop it
into the letter box at the post office. (
the old pink mailbox is on ebay!)

For a few days, she would ask if God had gotten her letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch. Curious, I went to look at it. It had a gold star card on the front and said, "To Meredith" in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith took it inside and opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, "When a Pet Dies." Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God
in it's opened envelope which was marked Return to Sender: Insufficient Address. On the opposite page one of the pictures of Abbey was taped under the words "For Meredith." We turned to the back cover, and there was the aother picture of Abbey, and this handwritten note on pink paper:

Dear Meredith,

I know that you will be happy to know Abbey arrived safely and soundly in Heaven! Having the pictures you sent to Me was such a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. You know, Meredith, she isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with Me - just like she stays in your heart - young and running and playing. Abbey loved being your dog! Since we don't need our bodies in Heaven, I don't have any pockets, so I can't keep your beautiful letter. I am sending it to you with the pictures so that you will have this book to keep and remember Abbey. One of my angels is taking care of this for Me. I hope the little book helps. Thank you for your beautiful letter. Thank your mother for 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 am in Heaven, but wherever there is love, I am there also. Love, God - And the special angel wrote this after God told her the words.

Corrine's email touched me this morning. No matter the form, our prayers reach Him. No matter the answer, He answers. What matters is whether you will be the one He uses. He has written you a letter...

24 comments:

  1. Oh Polly, what a wonderfully touching story. I would love to give whoever did that a huge hug, wouldn't you?

    Love,

    Lisa

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  2. Well...I have to say this is the first time I've had tears in my coffee. Thank you so much for posting that Polly....I am going back to send all my friends to come read this post.
    Absolutely beautiful.
    Blessings, Robin

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  3. Polly.

    I Love this story :) Isn't it amazing hoe God truely answers prayers? My Son is the definition of Faith of a Child, If everyone had the Faith he has when he prayers, The World would be a Wonderful Place, He Believes Wholeheartilly (probably spelled that wrong) that will hear his Prayers and Everything will be alright . He prays for injured people, animals, National Disasters, He will probably be a Pastor when he grows up :) In Fact our Pastor said That The Lord had a Special Calling for him when he was Dedicated at our church.

    Missed You at my Blog Recently, You should Stop by for the Giveaway :) I'm doing some Shabby Chic Cottage Goodies as Well as Paper Crafts :)

    Angie :)

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  4. Oh- we got wonderful chills reading that story! God truly answers prayers, most of the time in special ways we never could have forseen!

    (Like large diet cokes being on sale at the Mcdonalds-what a blessing!)

    Smiles,
    kari & kijsa

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  5. What a sweet story and what a sweet heart the little girl had to think of her precious dog getting to heaven and God not knowing her. Thanks for sharing the lovely story with us.

    Laurie

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  6. I am grateful that my keyboard is still working after all of the tears that have fallen into it. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard. We are living proof in my house that God answers prayer, over and over again:)

    Stop by today, I have something for you. You have probably received it before, but since it is so true for me, I wanted to give it to you.

    Rhonda

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  7. Polly...
    Thanks for the beautiful story!
    I love it...
    Priscilla

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  8. How lovely-what a beautiful thing to read on a Monday!xx

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  9. Polly,

    It took me several moments to compose myself after reading this and I must admit that tears are still clouding my vision. What an amazing, sweet story.

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  10. This story gave me chills.. thank you for sharing such a heartwarming story.

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  11. What a beautiful and touching story. I know how hard it was for me to lose my pets and I was older. I can't imagine what the little ones go through. God works when no one is watching. Thank you so much for sharing this with us today!

    Love,
    Julie

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  12. Oh my what a sweet spirit person that is to do such a huge act of kindness for your child So very ,very touching. LOL Mary

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  13. Beautiful story Polly! Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Barbara

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  14. GOSH! a girl leaves for a few days and look at all that she misses!

    That story was so touching that I had to leave your blog for a bit to compose myself and then come back. It was so beautiful and whoever that postal service worker was deserves a huge hug!

    I wanted to give you the smile award but I figured since you already had it you didn't need a extra but you put a smile on my face ALL the time!

    *muah*
    Michelle

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  15. Hi Polly, I love stories like that. Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. Polly, this is so touching ....I have tears in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat. Thank you for sharing such a heart warming story. Linda

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  17. I have tears streaming down my cheeks. Thank you.

    There truly are angels out there.

    Kate

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  18. I don't know you and I do not know Corinne, but I have tears in my eyes.... What a touching story of strong believes and unbelievable kindness. True angels!

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story!

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  19. Hello Polly...this story just made me so sad. From the picture, was Abbey a little scotty? You know, we get so attached to our little fur faces and if I could make one request to God, it would be so our pets lived to be as old as us.

    Thank you for sharing her story.
    That is a grrrreeeeeat pink mailbox. Are you sure you are giving that PINK thing up?

    xo,
    Becky

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  20. This was a wonderful story, thank you so much for sharing it:-)
    Michelle

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  21. Polly, this is beautiful! What a blessing! Sometimes God answers prayers in the most unexpected ways! Beautiful!

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  22. Your story touched me and made me cry. Your little girl is an angel, who would have thought to write a letter to God over the loss of her dog. May God Bless you and your little girl. What a great story.

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