We don't know who replied, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead
letter office


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 'm 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 & Meredith ,
addressed it to God/Heaven.    We put our return address on it.   
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'm 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