Meredith’s Dog, Abbey

The day after Abbey passed away, 4-year-old Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She wanted to write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. 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


Her parents put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to “God In Heaven.” They put their return address on it, hen 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. Her parents told her they thought He had.

A few day later they found a package wrapped in gold paper on their 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 they 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 always remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find.

I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

If I Could Turn Back The Clock

Author unknown, accept what I added at the end.

If I had the power to turn back the clock,
Go back to that house at the end of the block,
The house that was home when I was a kid,
I know that I’d love it more now than I did.

If I could be back there at my mother’s knee,
And hear once again all the things she told me,
I’d listen as I never listened before,
For she knew so well just what life had in store.

And all the advice that my dad used to give,
His voice I’ll remember as long as I live;
But it didn’t seem really important back then;
What I’d give to live it all over again.

And what I would give for the chance I once had
To do so much more for my mother and dad;
To give them more joy and a little less pain;
A little more sunshine and a little less rain.

But the years roll on and we cannot go back,
Whether we were born in a mansion or shack;
But we can start right now in the hour that’s here,
To do something more for the ones we hold dear.

And since time in its flight is traveling so fast,
Let’s not spend it regretting that which is past;
But let’s make tomorrow a happier day
By doing our “good unto others” today.

And don’t forget the most important thing,
For the happiness and comfort you can bring
To the ones that you love and it won’t cost a dime
Tell them you love them, while there is still time.