The Little Boy

by Stephen on September 13, 2008 · 502 comments

in Moral Stories

Sally jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: “How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him?”

The surgeon said, “I’m sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn’t make it.”

Sally said, “Why do little children get cancer? Doesn’t God care any more? Where were you, God, when my son needed you?”

The surgeon asked, “Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he’s transported to the university.”

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good-bye to son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair.

“Would you like a lock of his hair?” the nurse asked.

Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy’s hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally. The mother said, “It was Jimmy’s idea to donate his body to the university for study. He said it might help somebody else. “I said no at first, but Jimmy said, ‘Mom, I won’t be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom.” She went on, “My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could.”

Sally walked out of Children’s mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy’s belongings on the seat beside her in the car. The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy’s belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son’s room. She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She laid down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Laying beside her on the bed was a folded letter. The letter said:

“Dear Mom,

I know you’re going to miss me; but don’t think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just ’cause I’m not around to say I LOVE YOU. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won’t be so lonely, that’s okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn’t like the same things us boys do. You’ll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know. Don’t be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And, you know what? Jesus doesn’t look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit on God’s knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That’s when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good-bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn’t allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him ‘Where was He when I needed him?’ “God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.

Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I’ve written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn’t that cool? I have to give God His pen back now. He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life. Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I’m, sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don’t hurt anymore. The cancer is all gone. I’m glad because I couldn’t stand that pain anymore and God couldn’t stand to see me hurt so much, either. That’s when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?

Signed with Love from: God, Jesus & Me.”

Author Unknown

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{ 502 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tiffany January 3, 2009 at 3:53 pm

This is a wonderful story. It really makes one look at life in a totally different manner.

2 Kayla January 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm

This is really awesome, I am 15 & my friend is about to die form cancer & it helps me realize that she will be in a better place :)

Thank you! I needed this!

3 Jeevitha January 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm

This is awesome and wonderful touching story.

–Thank you

4 C March 5, 2009 at 4:34 am

I am not a believer of God but this story brought warm tears to my eyes. It is a beauty. Thank you for sharing.

5 Plat March 8, 2009 at 4:56 am

Love your children while they are being with you… I mean it.

6 George May 15, 2009 at 4:39 am

Thanks for writing such a touching story It makes me think of Jesus…George

7 Ash June 6, 2009 at 7:32 am

A very nice story, heart touching!

8 Jane July 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Lovely story – having lost my father to cancer recently I like the image of seeing him visit another world filled with things and people he loves. And I imagine him without pain enjoying a good meal. He had lost his enjoyment of food. This story does teach us to see the big picture and each of the lessons we can learn within it.

Thank you.

9 Chacha July 10, 2009 at 12:10 am

Why couldnt God just heal the boy, instead of sending the angel of mercy?

10 David August 18, 2009 at 11:11 am

God has the ability to heal the boy. Unforunately sickness and death are product of sin which Satan introduced into the universe by rebelling. God has to let the effects of sin be manifested so that once he destroys Satan, and sin with him, everyone in the universe will have seen the tragedy that comes from sin and understands why God puts an end to Satan and his reign. Otherwise it might look like God just destroyed Satan just because He wanted all the glory and adoration for Himself. In the end veering away from Gods plan brings only pain and God wants everyone to see and understand that before he destroys the devil. But you’re right, when the time is right God will put an end to all sin, sickness and death. Hopefully soon.. =)

11 Sandip Joshi September 13, 2009 at 7:05 am

Its a great story. tear jerker of course.

12 John September 29, 2009 at 1:14 am

A wonderful story, tells how God loves even though we can not fathom the grief of his mother.

13 Rakhi September 30, 2009 at 2:11 am

The story is really awesome… God I love u so much

14 Suja October 19, 2009 at 1:23 pm

A very very touching Story.

15 Patricia October 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm

This is just so sweet. Reminds us just how very much God cares about every little detail of our lives.

16 Leena October 30, 2009 at 8:45 am

It is a superb story which teaches us to be useful even after death, since death is sure in everybody’s life.

17 Athoibee Ak. November 7, 2009 at 12:22 am

God, the great.

18 Krunal Ravalji November 14, 2009 at 6:00 am

This is an eye wetting story, sometimes kids are more matured than adults.

19 Abhinav November 14, 2009 at 8:11 am

Thanks for these beautiful stories, they make us realize what life really is!!

20 Thaseeena November 16, 2009 at 1:46 am

Thanks wonderful story

21 Sri November 26, 2009 at 3:41 am

Nice story……..

22 Itta December 4, 2009 at 5:07 am

It’s a wonderful heart touching story who will think everybody’s life after leaving this earth.

23 Bharathi December 5, 2009 at 3:20 am

Awesome, heart touching story… it helps us to think such a positive sense even on worst situation, God presence will lie on our positive attitude.

24 Priya December 8, 2009 at 11:29 am

A very nice story about some hard facts of life. It makes us realize a lot.

25 Sohini December 11, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Very touchy story. Liked it very much. It shows the light at the end of life.

26 MANISH December 15, 2009 at 3:36 am

Very nice story. Touch to heart and giving a message teach of life.

27 Meenu December 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Wonderful story, very deep and touching.The life after this life. Pain is the real teacher and learning is always tough.

28 Lucky from India December 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Yup! you beauty…..the story rocks, narrator rocks…n every bit of single thing rocks of dis story!

29 KAMRAN December 30, 2009 at 7:49 am

Lovely story… really… children sometimes say the things which even an adult can’t feel or say… they are gift of God… good story. Keep it up.

30 prabhu January 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

it is a marvelous story

31 Indramohan January 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Its gr8 story .. i know the pain of the death and missing some one in family….. Thanks for giving such nice story.

David i appreciate your response and explanation…!!

32 Vidit January 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Nice Heart touching story,
still it is difficult to accept that somebody is dying and we cannot do anything for that.

33 Sunny January 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

This was just the story I needed. This site is awesome….

Thanx 4 sharing such a wndrful story… I’ll keep looking in this site. BEST OF LUCK

34 Moses.I January 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thanks a lot & lot…………. I really liked the story. I am a strong believer of god. hence forth i will become strongest believer of god.

35 Laxmi January 31, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Great story…..always love ur family.

36 Steve February 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Just an amazing and touching story. I think this is a great portrayal of how God works in people’s lives, that He is there at all times and His purpose is greater than we can ever imagine or understand.

I love it.

37 Rakhee Garg (mayo) February 1, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I always look for some inspirational stories for my students when we have paper readings in the assembly….

This one sure would make my pupils realize the value of life and also God’s purpose of sometimes taking our loved ones away from us…..

38 Sathya February 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

Wonderful story which really make me to see the world in a different way. Thanks.

39 Deep Jain February 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

It’s really a wonderful story.

40 Nandu February 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm

It touched my heart. The letter really brings tears.

41 Steve Sutandinata February 18, 2010 at 12:50 am

I love this story, it’s so good :)

42 Steve Sutandinata February 18, 2010 at 1:05 am

One of the best stories 😀 😀

43 Tanjing February 18, 2010 at 1:03 am

I LOVE GOD!!! He is great

44 Sundari February 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

What great little boy he was. If all sons are like the little boy then all mothers will be very happy. Then there will not be any oldage home in the world. I liked the love between the mother and his son. A touching story.


45 The Ugly Duckling February 23, 2010 at 3:31 am

This story truly reflects life. Human life seems ugly some times but life is beautifully bearable when Jesus is in our life. Yes, all of us will be together in Heaven with Jesus someday.

46 lwood February 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

This story has really touched me. It’s really making me think about the after life all of us are due to experience one day.

47 Hiren April 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

Really…..very nice story…….
God is always with us…..

48 Arpit Gupta April 16, 2010 at 2:37 am

It was a great story. It needs to be read by those who doesn’t care there near and dear one’s…

49 Sen April 21, 2010 at 6:26 am

It was really touching, I had lump in my throat, I couldn’t swallow, I makes you to really think, what is life.

50 Avril Birdsturgeon April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

What a beautiful story! It would help relieve the pain of anyone who has lost someone dear and has lost hope of God’s mercy and protection.

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