"I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls."
The bond between animals and humans are one of the most indescribable of all connections. Pets enter our lives with their tiny paws and tails rather unassumingly and steal our hearts forever. Often, they are the least judgmental and most understanding of all family members. And they can never contain their excitement or joy when you give them your attention and love. For you, they are one part of your world. But for most of them, their world revolves around you.
This is why when they pass away, the grief is often so intense yet difficult to express or verbalize. They express their love for us in the most unique and innocent ways, something which we long for, all our lives in their absence. This loss hit a little girl at a tender age. Meredith Scrivener was just four when she lost her 14-year-old dog, Abbey. Unable to understand death and life, she just knew she missed her beloved companion dearly. And she wanted to make sure that she was well taken care of.
The little one this decided to take things in her own tiny hands. She took her mom's help to send a letter to "God in Heaven" and ask him to take care of her beloved Abbey, reports Good News Network. She even made sure she attached two pics of her dog so that God can identify her when he spots her in heaven.
Here is what the letter said.
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.
She enclosed the letter with two of Abbey's pictures and addressed it to "God in heaven." They wrote their San Antonio address on it and put it in the mailbox.
Satisfied that her request was mailed to God, little Meredith went about her days as any other toddler, although she continued to miss her dog every day. Neither the daughter nor the mom expected to receive a response, let alone from God. Two weeks later, they found a package on their front porch, which was addressed to Meredith. Inside it, was a letter from God, who clearly had spotted Abey in heaven and also took the time to let Meredith know how special she and her mom were. Along with the letter was a book written by Mr Rogers called When a Pet Dies. The note was so beautiful that it went viral and touched many hearts.
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.
Meredith's parents, Joy and Greg Scrivener, were taken aback and moved with the unexpected response. They assumed that would be the end of it.
Meredith, however, was not as surprised as her parents. That is because she believed that the letter was going to heaven and it would reach her dog.
"When she received the package, she was happy, but she wasn't surprised," she said. "There was no doubt in Meredith's mind that her letter was going to heaven," as reported by the Daily Mail.
The parents later found that a kind postal office employee was moved by the sweet note and decided to respond to it. It is stories such as these that restore our faith in humanity. And thanks to the kind stranger, Meredith found peace and was able to get over her grief.
Now, Meredith is almost 13 and according to her mom, she has a big heart for animals. Kindness always finds its way through and creates a ripple effect.