Adorable Story/ Loving Monday

4 Nov

“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

Don’t say you’re too busy to forward this. Just go ahead and do it”
By: Mark Castellano — with Kimarie Stanley, Rhonda McDowell, Linda Payne, Crystal Diamond Mj, Summer Bellew, Marie Foster, Jamey Groomes, Brianna Marie and Carolene Susie Piott Welch.

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Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul – Thursday, November 17, 2011
Instead of grinding it out until Friday and living for the weekend, a successful Ohio manufacturing executive has seen how his work can be filled with meaning and purpose. The key is integrating his work and beliefs. As a result, both grow — along with his love for Monday.

Peter Jennings summarized an ABC News feature story about John Beckett’s company by saying, “They are using the Bible as a guide to business.” In Loving Monday, Beckett fleshes out this theme, explaining how his company still uses the same truths that have guided individuals and civilizations for centuries. He shows how these time-tested truths can be applied faithfully and successfully in today’s fast-paced, high-tech, market-driven world.

Mr. Beckett will be joined by other local, national, and international business leaders for this inspiring and in-depth look at living out our faith in workplace. Whether you are a seasoned executive or just beginning your career, you will not want to miss this opportunity!

Sponsored by Cedarville University Alumni Relations and Department of Business Administration in partnership with The Gathering.

Register online here!

http://www.cedarville.edu/Event/Loving-Monday.aspx

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