The Little Boy

by Stephen on September 13, 2008 · 494 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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{ 494 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 :D :D

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.

51 MYOVELA JULIUS April 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

GLORY TO GOD……………. David I appreciate your comment.

52 Alf April 30, 2010 at 11:01 am

Really a touching story. I mean this is the real love.

Lets praise the lord for providing love as a gift to us.

53 Yanira April 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Very touching story… I♥God
God bless evry1

54 SAOLI DUTTA May 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

I am crying! I can hardly see the letters in the keyboard!!!!!!!!

55 Renha May 11, 2010 at 1:07 am

Really a lovely story treas stream down from my eyes, really an inspirational story I like it. It shows that even if we die we have a eternal life where nothing can harm us. Thk.

56 Sowri May 13, 2010 at 3:47 am

It’s a heart touching story. I had to touch my heart to be cool after reading every para. Thanks for the person who gave this story.

57 Marissa May 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

This story had me crying so as I read his letter my tears just fell wow this shows you that God is real and he loves you!!!

58 Nirmala July 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I am really touched with this story. Hope he will rest in peace.

59 Joshua Tumukunde July 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm

God has the final plan for our lives. If He calls no one can say no. The Lord is our refuge in all our run in this world.

60 Kiran July 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Kayla, I am sorry for your friend….. May she get all the happiness before she leaves forever.

61 RINKI July 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm

It is such a lovely poem and it’s all friends, God is always there with us only we got to know abt his presence..awesome story….fantastic……

62 Gopi chebrolu July 16, 2010 at 1:14 am

Wonderful story, heart touching, it tells us greatness of life.

63 Noor July 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

I felt very much happy to know about the joy of the boy in God’s presence. To Him every one’s return.

64 Vikram July 31, 2010 at 2:56 am

This is really a heart touching story

65 Cynthia 2004 August 16, 2010 at 10:56 pm

What’s a wonderful story…thank you all for sharing.

66 Akshay Shete August 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

Really touching heart story..

67 ALVIN August 21, 2010 at 5:26 am

This story brought tears to my eyes must read it to my girlfriend too.

68 Jesrey August 22, 2010 at 3:14 am

This is a touching story, I hope its true that when u die you can write a letter to your love ones to say them you’re okay. I hope all of the people who read this will realize how life important is. There is a saying “NASA TAO ANG GAWA NASA DIYOS ANG AWA” i’m sorry if you don’t understand. All of us when we die we want to go to heaven but you can only do that if you do good thing.

~ Jesrey Miranda

69 Carl August 22, 2010 at 5:36 pm

A true tear jerker, it’s rare that I read something so powerful that it could move me this way…
Though the road is long we will all be with those we love once more, and the glory of God will rain down with the force of a storm so that none can deny his greatness but with the gentleness of the softest feather so that we can all bear it.

70 Ace August 23, 2010 at 5:40 am

Nice story ! ..

71 Dr. M. A. Ashok August 25, 2010 at 12:36 am

The story wetted my eyes. Especially this should not have happened to small kids. I oppose God in this regard. This remembered me bedridden days of my father. He too died of cancer. Its difficult to see the face of a person when he knows that he is counting days. The pain was unexplainable.

72 Venkataraman, 67 years August 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

How natural is to die – tears are in my eyes. I read this story to tell my grandson – aged 13 years, but not able to relate – because of concepts of death, life after death, GOD, mercy …. I really liked the story my self. thanks for the writes of this story

73 Venkat August 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Heart touching story, thanks for sharing friend.

74 Steve September 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I read this story with tears in my eyes, tears streaming down my face. The mother and her son, so much grief, sorrow and pain. Thank you for sharing my friend.

75 Shashank September 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Thanks Jesus Christ!!!
God is great, his works are wonderful. Nice thoughts.

76 Kumar Iyer September 16, 2010 at 6:57 am


It was one of the most touching stories read. May God bless us all understand him better.

77 Esther September 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

I was deeply moved by this story. I recently lost my 14yr old cousin. She had gynecological cancer. The doctors tried their best and she was in so much pain yet strong. GOD knew what is best for her. HE will never let us down we need to trust HIM.

78 Ruthresh Yuvarajan September 20, 2010 at 9:16 am

GOD is very powerful. Did u know when I lost my tamil essay book I started to recite GOD name until I reach my class. When I reach my class I saw my tamil essay under my table desk. So, DONT PLAY PLAY WITH GOD!! HE always watching u!!

79 Carmen September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

It’s really a very touching story indeed and it wetted my eyes. I am really deeply moved. Thx for sharing this story.

80 Theresa Bee September 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I can’t say much…really brings hope that this life is not the end and the Lord is always with us and never has left us even when we think he doesn’t .

81 Sajith September 24, 2010 at 4:38 am

Friends, go out and express your love and care to whomsoever as early as possible…the story is heart melting…i guess we wont be able to write letters from heaven but may we not find ourselves in a position there where we would regret for words not spoken while we were alive…LIFEs Great…PLEASE KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK :-)

82 Good Girl September 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

It is a good story. If anyone who read this comment and have time I want you to help me send this story to 5 people (can be more) you know and tell them to send to 6 or more people that they know so this good story with full of faith and hope on the story.

83 Nice Faith September 28, 2010 at 9:42 am

I really love this story and it really gives me hope cause I just had a fight with my mom and I am still angry at me ….but after I read this story I felt better and makes me feel that I should forgive her…..thanks for your useful story.

84 Saumiya Rawat October 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

Hey!!! What a nice story. I love this story very, very, very, much…

85 Sara October 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

Awwwww this is a touching story. Life is very precious and the one who sacrifises it for the sake of other people really has a heart of gold. Well done!!!

86 LINDSAY October 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

This is a beautiful story! I lost both my grandmothers to cancer in the space of about 18 months. This helped me believe that they are in a better place now and are no longer suffering and for that I’m thankful :)
Thank you for writing such a memorable story!

87 Priscilla October 22, 2010 at 7:03 am

Oh my, I love this story…thanks. I’m looking forward for more inspirational stories.

88 Vishesh October 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

Hey! What a nice and interesting story.

89 Nick October 24, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Good story.

90 Sweety October 26, 2010 at 3:33 am

Nice story.

91 Ashwanilove October 28, 2010 at 7:36 am

I love it, really, really awesome story.

92 Rohit October 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Awesome stories – Like that boy, everybody should donate their things to make others life happy.

93 Shibu November 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

Thank u Jesus….

94 Amit Kumar Bhola November 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Indeed an awesome compilation of thoughts….

95 Sahir November 6, 2010 at 4:14 am

Truly a very inspirational story.

96 ANGEL November 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm


97 Rajnedra November 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

Truly full of moral lesson for humanity.The straight forward presentation of theme in simplicity is also remarkable.People should learn a lesson and follow it in day to day life

98 Surendran November 15, 2010 at 12:39 am

excellent stories……really touching….whatever happens is for our own good!

99 Gireesh November 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I liked this story… I thank you for it…

100 Styxmix November 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

nice one! i love this story :) one of the best….. God Bless.

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