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Dear God

The following is an email I received from a good friend.  I don't know the original source, but it is a truly lovely story.
 
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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 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