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Dear God:

Sometimes something arrives that I can not help sharing with you. This one brings the spirit of Christmas with a slight twist, and will hopefully make you smile.

There was a man who worked for the Post Office whose job was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses.

One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God with no actual address. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read

Dear God,

I am an 83 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 payment.

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, 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 all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few pounds.

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 the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends.

Christmas came and went.

A few days later, another letter came from the same old lady to God.

All 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 might have been those bastards at the post office!!!

Sincerely, Edna

Daily Prompt: NO EXCESS

‘Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little.’ Edna Ferber                                             Do you agree with this statement on excess?

Yes, I do agree. How can we look at the Royal Family, for instance, and believe that it is right for people to be born into such privileged positions of power?                                              Obviously they can do good; but they are wealthy! Surely helping people/State only provides them with a sense of well-being. Is it right that people, regardless of talent, be born to rule?

Power and money so often go hand in hand. The division in Australia between the rich and poor is becoming more divided. Our government complains about debt, and yet is prepared to go on wasting the country’s money by continuing a search for a plane that was lost months ago, with no hope of finding survivors.

The thought of sending troops into Iraq, interfering with others’ politics, scares me. The fact that it will cost millions, (or even billions), doesn’t seem to faze our government.

Also handing large amounts of money; outsourcing our refugees to Cambodia, who should be Australia’s responsibility, is beyond understanding. Those in charge most probably will help themselves, leaving the refugees in the same situation that they are in now, poverty stricken.

Solutions could be found within Australia, with far less expense, to create much happier outcomes. This government has no creative thinkers to bring about ways to break down the barriers they keep building.