Friday, October 14, 2011

The Letter

A friend of mine posted this story on Facebook.  It was such a great story; I wanted to share it with my readers.  As I read this story, I was reminded, God is found in love.  I am grateful for the special relationship I have with Alyssa, as she incredibly loves.  I get so caught up in searching for answers, solutions and for life to come with more ease.  I am reminded; things are okay, just as they are.  There is a part of me always wishing for Alyssa to not have Autism.  I wonder how much I am wishing for the wrong thing.  Here she is, such a love bug, things could be way different.  I am blessed.  Just saying!

The Story: 

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

Thank you for reading and have a great week.  Angie

1 comment:

  1. Oh Angie, I'm crying and I'm sorry I haven't kept up better. I wish I could hug you right now and tell you what a blessing you are in my life and that I love you very much. I want for you to get better so that you can continue on in the way you have been going. I am thinking of you so much and I hope you know that I l care about you and I'm sorry that you've gotten sick! It'll all be ok...I know it will...Just hang in there in baby steps until you're back home in DGO. Love always, Jen P.S. When you get home, I'm going to bring you those chocolate covered strawberries that I promised you and Greg, and I want to help you however I can. You're very special to us ~ Please know!