The God Box

I recently got an iPhone after thinking about it for years.  My kids had to show me how to use it and I’m getting the hang of it.

As anyone who has an iPhone or android phone knows, it’s all about the “Apps.”  One of the apps I came across is called The God Box based on the book by Mary Lou Quinlan.

When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft-until Mary Lou searches for her mother’s “God Box,” her private cache of notes to God on behalf of family, friends and strangers. To Mary Lou’s amazement, she finds not one but ten boxes stuffed with hundreds of tiny petitions that spanned the last twenty years of her mother’s life.

Note by note, Mary Lou unearths a treasure of her mother’s wishes and worries and insight. Mary asked God for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Her requests, penned on scraps of paper, were presented without expectation-the ultimate expression of letting go. – From Barnes & Noble

The app is quite simple.  You write a little note, addressing it if you wish or dating it, and then you select whether it’s “urgent” or “resolved” and then you can put it in the God Box, email it or even tweet it.  The God Box is a little drawing of a box which opens and your note floats in.  Simple and sweet.

My dad left a tiny journal (all in Swedish) that was written when he first came to this country.  I haven’t had it translated yet.

I used to write in a journal.  Nothing fancy, but then when I got my own laptop, I wrote a journal on that.  That computer has long since died, so my words might be lost forever.  Which might be just as well.

In our digital age, I wonder what will happen to the emails, tweets and status updates of those who leave this world.  Will family members be able to retrieve those electronic missives and refresh the memories of their loved ones, or will they be lost in cyberspace?

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