Read the heartfelt letter Glenn received from a 10-year-old fan UPDATED: Father responds

The father of the 10 year old fan was on GlennBeck.com and saw the outpouring of positive comments and responses to the story. He wrote the below:

Thank you to all of the people who have commented on Gage’s letter.  I am his dad and that letter has touched us more than you know.  God was with us in getting it to Glenn.  I have been trying to make sure that it got in his hands for a few months now.  When we found out he was coming to Florence, AL where we live I made sure that we had tickets to see him. 

I told Gage to go to the stage and hand it to Glenn himself.  He did and I knew in my heart that it would touch Glenn.  I never knew that my son’s big heart would touch so many people.  He is a great kid who will do whatever is asked of him.  He loves God and wants to do what is right. 

When he saw the story about Victor it really touched him.  We had nightly prayers for Victor and Glenn and the family.  When Glenn said that they had to put Victor down we all teared up.  Gage came to us a few days later and said that he had written something to Glenn and wanted me to get it to him.  I was finally able to make that happen for him.

We also recently got a puppy.  His name is Victor in honor of Glenn’s dog.  It’s kind of funny that he even looks like Glenn’s dog.

Thank you all again for the wonderful comments.  You will never know how much those mean to a parent who is trying to do the right thing.  Thank you all.  I will pass the comments on to Gage.

God bless you all.
Jason

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On radio this morning, Glenn shared the heartfelt letter a young fan handed him on Saturday after a speech at Heritage Christian University in Alabama. With everything going on in the world right now, it always nice to be reminded that goodness still exists.

“I have to share this because I’ve been carrying it around for the last couple of days,” Glenn said. “On Saturday, I was in Alabama and I was giving a speech at Heritage Christian University. And right before I left the stage, a boy came up to me, and he handed me a letter. And the audience was applauding and stuff. And he shook my hand and I said, ‘What’s your name? And he said, ‘Gage.’ And I said, ‘Thank you, Gage.’ And I got on the plane and I opened up the letter and I read it. And I want to share it with you just because I think it just shows how decent and good people are.”

The letter reads:

Dear Mr. Beck,

My name is Gage Fox. I’m ten-years-old and I am in the 4th grade. My family and I watched your show when you said you had to put your dog Victor down. I was watching and my eyes filled with tears. My family didn’t see me, but my mom put me to bed, and she shut the door. I waited a minute, and I cried myself to sleep. I pray for you and your dog every night. I haven’t told you this, but I am really deep down in my heart sorry for your loss of Victor.

Your biggest fan,

Gage

“And then he drew a picture of Victor and he wrote Victor above it,” Glenn explained. “And then he did a picture of the other dog, and said, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know the name of the girl dog.’ It’s Ella.”

“I don’t have an address for him, otherwise, I would have just written his parents and written him and told him. I’m using the loudest and most expensive stamp ever made,” he joked. “I don’t have a way to get ahold of him. So if you know the Foxs in Alabama son Gage, tell him how meaningful that is.”

  • Draxx

    All too often people announce the wrong-doings of kids, and it is so scarce anymore for them to be Complimented At The Right Times For Doing Good Things!  I read in the Reader’s Digest (early 2000′s) that a Parent should make every effort to compliment their kids 10 times as much as they verbally punish them (I try and live by this but it is difficult these days with other kids influencing my kids into doing things occassionally that get them into trouble. I love my kids and I know that they are not perfectly innocent either…).  I am honest with my kids and I let them know when they are good at things and I let them know when they are bad at things.  It is not that I know everything they do, but when it is brought to my attention by events I deal with them accordingly. They get an explanation on how their actions affect people and help them come to conclusions on how they want to treat people and be treated (good & bad).

    BTW: Good for you Gage, there is a saying in Latin about what You Did In Your Letter, “Misericordia Pro Omnis” [Compassion For All]…

  • my2centshere

    It was a great story. Good kid with a good heart.

  • americanathlete

    People are still good!!! It’s difficult to focus on the good because there’s so much bad, but it is out there if we just look for it:-)

  • americanathlete

    Sometimes it’s difficult to be positive because I once learned in a class that it takes 9 positive experiences to erase 1 negative!!!

  • americanathlete

    Sometimes it’s difficult to be positive because I once learned in a class that it takes 9 positive experiences to erase 1 negative!!!

  • Rob

    Pat’s take on the whole thing was great! 

  • Anonymous

    It’s not difficult to change your attitude.  Being positive starts in your mind.

  • Anonymous

    Really sweet :) God Bless you, Gage

  • Anonymous

    What a good little boy when Glenn was loosing Victor we were loosing our big boy Sammy also a Shepherd when you have few friends like I it really hurts bad to loose you’re best buddy he just pasted in June so of coarse this brought tears to my eyes.
    Glenn you should frame that letter and keep it forever .
    Gage thank you little man for also taking me on a journey into the past may you have a wonderful life son God Bless you little brother :)

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had too much death in  my life.  it’ll take God to heal the pain in my heart.  I can’t take someone preaching God’s love when I think He didn’t care and try  to stop the pain in my heart and that of others.  I believe in God…but what do I tell my relatives regarding His love for them?  How can I tell God loves them, when my relatives died?

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    Gage thank you little man for also taking me on a journey into the past may you have a wonderful life son God Bless you little brother :)
     

  • Anonymous

    Everyone dies, Magnolia. That goes all the way back to the garden of Eden. It doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us.

  • Anonymous

    Not only does he sound like a great child, he has to have parents behind him teaching him constantly, because the left and progressives are trying to teach otherwise.  Gage, you are a very precious you boy, I pray you will stay that way.

  • Anonymous

    This is a child who has been taught by good parents and who could feel empathy for another person. He not only felt it, he tried to help make it better. What a fine young man. 

  • vivalapresley .

    Glenn has been right all along. It is not worrying about the president, the administration, or whatever is unraveling around the world. It is more than that. it is about us! For quite some time I would pray for everyone around me and for bad things to go away. And I never…..I never focused on myself. I never asked God to to help me be a better person, to be kind and show love, and compassion to others, or even love God himself each and every day. After doing that my thinking changed, and my outlook on life changed as well. To everyone here……..focus on the things that you CAN change in your life and leave everything else that you CAN’T change up to God.  Whatever outcome it may be, trust in God and know it will be good!

  • vivalapresley .

    There may be a lot of hate in this world, but letters like this show that there is still love and compassion  in it as well!

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I have a hard time sympathizing with people, because we can ALL be pretty recalcitrant some times.  But even if I disagree with a person, there’s always something inside me that unites with them briefly, if and when, I happen to find out they have a pet, of any sort, and they are extremely attached to that pet, and are facing the eminent death of their dear pet, that just melts away any differences for a while.

    I love animals, and animals have played a HUGE part in my life, as they do in millions of peoples lives.  We’re crazy about them because those pets give us ACCEPTANCE and at the vey least, AFFECTION, at the most crucial times in our lives, when we need it most.  That’s usually when everyone else is down on us, or we got angry and acted like a jerk to someone and now were having to “eat crow” over our stupidity………………but there’s our dear pet, tails waaggin’, purring, chirping, jumping up and down at the joy of seeing us, or quietly curling up next to us………..just adoring us, even when we don’t deserve us, and by their presence and attention, saying, “you don’t need anybody but me, boss”, no matter what you do or say, “I love you, and want to be with you every moment of our lives together”.

    For ANYONE, friend or foe, to have to go through the LOSS of a loving pet, all the way from little mice and hamsters to horses and bears……….I feel your pain, and that pain is enough for them to have to deal with, and they don’t need me heaping arguments on them during this vulnerable time of their lives.

    I cried for Mark Levin, at the loss of his dear dogs, and I wept for Glenn and his children over Victor, and for Ella, who would now go on without him too.

    I remember the deep sorrow my wife’s cat, Queenie, went through after she passed away, and my own sorrow when Queenie was killed by coyotes, and the subsequent death of my  dear cat, Cubby, who died in my arms, and feeling his little “person” leave his body and the realization I was holding an “empty coat”, and he wasn’t there any more…………..I cry as I share this because it is still so painful even after four years.

    It’s EASY to TRUST people who love their pets.  Even the Bible says, the RIGHTEOUS takes care for the life of his beast (animals, whatever they are), but the wicked does NOT so.

    Gage, you’re on the right track, son.  Keep your heart tender yet knowledgeable and never fear to defend animals too, for they hurt just like we do too, when they lose their owners.

    One last piece of advice, and I wish I had done this, but I didn’t.  If you know the owner of a pet is going to die, or has died, if at all possible, arrange to let their pet come to their bodies at the funeral, so the pet can understand what happened to their loving owner, and they will see and recognize they body of their owner, but they will also understand that their “person” is no longer in that body, and it will help to bring closure for their pet.  Let them linger for hours, if necessary, because they have a grieving process too.  A dog, for instance, goes through a WHOLE DAY of his life EVERY 3.4 HOURS, that’s why they’re always so glad to see us.  A regular work day, for us, has been 2.5 days away from home, in a dogs world, and they’re glad we’re back.

    Enough ramblings of an old man.  God bless you, Gage; especially in following through with giving Glenn a letter conveying your sympathy.  That’s a mark of a real special boy.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you to all of the people who have commented on Gage’s letter.  I am his dad and that letter has touched us more than you know.  God was with us in getting it to Glenn.  I have been trying to make sure that it got in his hands for a few months now.  When we found out he was coming to Florence, AL where we live I made sure that we had tickets to see him. 

    I told Gage to go to the stage and hand it to Glenn himself.  He did and I knew in my heart that it would touch Glenn.  I never knew that my son’s big heart would touch so many people.  He is a great kid who will do whatever is asked of him.  He loves God and wants to do what is right. 

    When he saw the story about Victor it really touched him.  We had nightly prayers for Victor and Glenn and the family.  When Glenn said that they had to put Victor down we all teared up.  Gage came to us a few days later and said that he had written something to Glenn and wanted me to get it to him.  I was finally able to make that happen for him.

    We also recently got a puppy.  His name is Victor in honor of Glenn’s dog.  It’s kind of funny that he even looks like Glenn’s dog.

    Thank you all again for the wonderful comments.  You will never know how much those mean to a parent who is trying to do the right thing.  Thank you all.  I will pass the comments on to Gage.

    God bless you all.
    Jason

  • Anonymous

    God bless you and you’re family you have a fine young man there Jason.
    Your brother in CHRIST  Jeff

  • Anonymous

    Tell them theres a time to live a time to die a time to reap a time to sow a time for love a time to hate and when we die time no longer matters because GOD is LOVE himself i’m sure he felt the same way when his son had to come to us just to die .
    May our GOD in heaven bless and keep you life is the battle of good over evil .
    I hope this helps even if just a little : )

  • Anonymous

     Thank you Jeff.  He is a really good boy.  If everyone had this kids heart we would not have half of the trouble that we have now.  We are trying our best to keep him that way too.

  • Anonymous

    May God bless your family. What a fine young man you are raising. I’m sure you and your wife are amazed by him and his kindness and empathy. Keep up the great work you’re doing with your family and Gage, in particular. I’m certain he has an amazing future ahead of him.

  • Anonymous

    @gatorfox:disqus  It warms my heart to read of a boy who has been raised to have compassion like that. We had to put down our older dog a couple of years ago. Less than a year later, we lost our beautiful black lab when he was hit by a car. It was just a few weeks before Christmas. I couldn’t have handled the loss if it hadn’t been for our son (he’s in his 20′s). He has his rough, tough, exterior but I know he grieved. He just had to be strong for his mom and dad. He dug the grave in the backyard. He cooked me dinner. He called his sister who was away at college to let her know. In other words, he took care of us. Since then, we’ve rescued two more mutts. When I coddle them he rolls his eyes and says, “They’re just dogs”. But I know he loves them and takes wonderful care of them when my husband and I are out of town. I learned a lot about my son as a result of our loss. When he was in his teens, he went through a bit of rebellion. It was tough, but we still told him we loved him even when he seemed to be pushing us away. He’s still not much for hugs or a peck on the cheek, but I know that he’d do anything for his father and me when we need him. I can’t think of a better expression of love than that. I hope your son’s teen years are easier than what we went through. But I have no doubt he’s going to be a fine young man one day because he’s obviously been taught to care. God Bless.

  • Anonymous

     I think death is the worst pain we as humans have to endure. There’s no pill to cure grief. When I start talking about how I hate the idea, my husband gently reminds me that the reward in heaven is so much greater than anything we could experience here on Earth. We try to deal with it within the limits of our feeble human imagination. I just can’t comprehend how anything could be better than being with my loved ones right here, right now. But, life is meant to be temporary. Of course, that’s of little comfort when we lose someone too early or unexpectedly. But I try to remember that I’ll get to be with them again in a place where there is no more parting. I don’t get it and I’d like it better if things went the way I wanted to with no one in pain or dying, but I’m not in charge God is. Fortunately, He loves us–even when we are angry with Him. Hang in there.

  • Bella Angel

    What a beautiful Divine letter from a 4th grader with an understanding of being a good positive heart, soul, and mind! 

  • Anonymous

    Abraham Lincoln once said: “No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”  IMHO, this is also true of a child who loves and respects the God-given value of dogs!   Geesh!  What a sweet boy!  His sentiments speak volumes about his parents.

  • BlackBeaver

    Great story. Another reminder that most of us in America- and, indeed, the world-  are great, decent people. Too bad Pat Gray (as usual) had to spoil Glenn’s on- air reading of the letter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Todd/1424651317 Scott Todd

    Great advice, “old man.”  I would disagree with you on one point- while people who are cruel to animals are also cruel to humans, the reverse is absolutely no predictor.   People who are kind to animals can also be monsters, a la Adolph Hitler.

    Doubtless somewhere there are some kitties who have lost their owners.  My advice to you, “old man”, is to find a few and adopt them.  They’ll do wonders for curing the pain of losing your other fur babies.

  • Anonymous

    If Obama had a son, he would not look like Gage.

  • Anonymous

    Let us hope there is a USA left for Gage to make a difference in as he grows older. Although as a 4th grader he already has.

  • Anonymous

    I am weeping as I write this.  What a wonderful child, to want to offer someone else comfort in the midst of his grief, and someone who is barely more than a stranger to the child at that.  I remember all too well that particular broadcast, how much pain Glen was in, and I wept for him that day, as well.  I know all too well the pain of losing a beloved companion, as I lost my cocker spaniel, Taz, to Hodgkin’s lymphoma just two years ago.  You get used to the pain, but it never really goes away.  That Gage was kindhearted enough to wish to offer Glenn solace shows that he truly walks with the Lord.  His parents are good people that are raising this boy up to be a terrific young man.  I think I need to go get a tissue now, before I short my computer out……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arpad-Kiss/100000457845517 Arpad Kiss

    All children ALL are sweet and have such potential for good. The guidance of good parents is the key to them developing into good and wise adults. That should say a lot about all the troubled youth and teens in our nation today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=757339759 Marilyn Denny

    Bless you, Gage, and bless you, Glenn, for sharing this with us!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you all again for your comments, they really mean a lot to our family and especially to Gage.  Who would have thought that a simple act of kindness could give people hope and inspiration.  Reading all of these comments have brought tears to my eyes to know that my young man has touched so many.  Thank you.

    I have been trying to get in touch with Glenn for a couple of days so that we could give him our address and phone number.  If there is anyone on the website that could help with that please let me know.  I would love for that connection to be made so that Gage can talk to Glenn about this.

    Thank you all again so much.  You truly do not know how meaningful and inspirational your comments have been.

    God bless you all.
    Jason

  • I Will Not Comply

    Awesome story!!! Gives the future hope, when stories like this come about!

  • Obamasucks69

    What a beautiful story, right after I watch the story about victor, my German shepherd Lexus was diagnosed with the same thing and also had liver cancer. Lex was 7.5 years old and the best dog I ever had. I now have a long haired German shepherd puppy, his name is tiberius…

    God Bless you Glenn

  • Anonymous

    too bad Glenn is such a creepo

  • my2centshere

    Too bad he lives rent free in your head.

  • Ellen

    How sweet

  • Anonymous

    Thank you all again.

    I know that this is going to sound bad, but I am going to ask all of you on here and those that read or have read this story to spread the word about it.  I have been praying and thinking on this ever since Glenn mentioned it on his show and posted it on this site.  I believe that this is a ray of sunshine in a dark world.  Everyone that I know that has read this has cried.  The comments from people that I have talked to personally have all been the same.  They all talk about how good it made them feel or how this story brought them a little light.  It gave them some hope for the future.

    Right now we all need a little hope for the future of our country.  All that we see in the news, especially concerning kids, is negative.  This is a positive story that gives us all a little light and hope.  I do believe that this is a story that can be a shot in the arm to everyone who reads it.  This is what we are fighting for…freedom for our children.  We fight so that they will have a country and the freedom that they deserve to carry on the real American dream.

    I know that this story is about my own son, but it made me cry to read it.  It made me proud and gave me hope that this young man could be one of our leaders in the not too distant future.  We need to spread this message of real hope so that we can have real change in this country.  This is what we really need.

    So please, I ask you from the bottom on my heart, share this story with as many people as you can.  Have them comment and share their feelings right here so that we all can read them and glean some hope from them.  We all need to gather our own strength to continue the fight because it has only just begun.  I have begun to see what Glenn is talking about…we can win this, and now I believe that I know how we can win this.

    Please join with me to spread this and tell people how it makes you feel.  Tell them of the hope that you drew out of it.  Some of you have, and I thank you for that.  I just ask that we join together and share this with everyone and encourage them that we can do this.

    Thank you all again.  May God bless you all and may He be with us all.

    In Him,
    Jason