There was a man who worked for the Post Office, whose job it was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came to his desk addressed in shaky handwriting to God. He thought he should open it to see what it was about.
He opened it and read: Dear God, I am a 93-year-old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me? Sincerely, Edna
The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to his fellow workers. Each of them dug into their wallets and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman.
The rest of the day, all of the workers felt a warm glow for the kind thing they had done.
Christmas came and went. A few days later another letter came from the old lady to God. All of the workers gathered around while the letter was opened.
It read: Dear God, how can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it must have been those thieves at the Post Office. Sincerely, Edna
KIDS SAY THE CRAZIEST THINGS…TO GOD
~ In Sunday school they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation? Jane
~ I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Alison
~ Are you really invisible or is that just a trick? Lucy
~ Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce
~ Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was it an accident? Norma
~ Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now? Jane
~ Who draws the lines around the countries? Nan
~ I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? Neil
~ Did you really mean do unto others as they do unto you, because if you did then I’m going to fix my brother. Darla
~ Why is Sunday school on Sunday? I thought it was supposed to be our day of rest. Tom L.
110 YEARS AGO IN THE USA…
~ The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
~ Drive-by-shootings were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West. It was when teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy.
~ The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.
~ Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn’t been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn’t been invented.
~ There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
~ One in ten U.S. adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
~ Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
~ Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
~ Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant.
~ There were about 230 reported murders in the U.S. annually.