My little girl was so quiet the other day. She’s never quiet.
But that day, to my surprise, she was silently sitting at the table diligently coloring away. After a few minutes, she came to me smiling, holding a wrinkled piece of paper in her hands. “Look, I wrote a letter to Gung!”
“Gung Gung” is a Chinese name for “grandfather.”
“Mommy, how do I mail this to him in heaven?” she asked hopefully.
My heart sunk a bit.
I gently put her on my lap. She lowered her head and whispered sadly, “Mommy, I miss him.”
At four years old, she wears her heart on her sleeve.
“I tell you what,” I said to her. “We can send it to Poa Poa. I’m sure she will take real good care of it for him. Gung would like that.”
“Poa Poa” is a Chinese name for “grandmother.”
She nodded. She was okay with that. Thankfully. It made her happy that her Poa Poa would be able to read it.
I glanced down at her letter. She had written the only sentence she knew how to write: I LOVE U. She had drawn a heart and a flower with seven blue petals. The letter was sparse. But her crayon markings were purely heartfelt.
I have no doubt, she had totally, completely, honestly poured out her whole heart onto that paper.
And if she could, I am sure, she would have sent that letter first class, priority mail directly to heaven’s front porch.
It brings tears to my eyes as I write this.
Thinking back on this past Sunday, I remember a conversation I had with this sweet-spirited older woman at our church. She and I have only talked a few times. “I love you, Kim! God bless you!” she had said as we ended our conversation.
Her words were a little surprising. But it made me think.
When we see someone through God’s eyes and love them as He does, we are in a way, sending a love letter to heaven. It honors and blesses Him. It is His commandment. It brings Him joy when we choose to love each other. And especially, I think, when we take the time to brave those words and really mean it. There is nothing greater.
Sometimes it’s as easy as a love a little girl has for her dear grandfather. Sometimes I know, it can be so much harder.
But yet, either way, it is truly a gift to be able to share these words with each other while we can.
I encourage you, go and tell someone you love them today. Heaven’s mailbox is waiting. 🙂
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35