Where Would You Mail a Letter to God?

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- If you mailed a letter to God, where would you send it? 

Thousands of people from around the world send their letters to God to where else but Jerusalem. 

But what do they do with the letters?

Twice a year, Israel's Postal Service delivers letters to God. CBN News followed them on a recent delivery to where they believe the letters belong, the Western Wall.  

"This Wall is very famous for Jewish people to come and pray and to put requests even in writing to God, and this is a tradition for thousands and thousands of years," said Avi Hochman, president of the Israel Postal Service.

Millions of people visit the Wall each year and fill its crevices with prayer requests. The reason for the tradition goes back to the Old Testament.

In 1 Kings 9, after Solomon finished building the First Temple, it says: "The Lord said to him (Solomon): 'I have heard the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting My Name there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.'"  (1 Kings 9: 3)

The letters come from all over the world and span the needs of people everywhere.   

"There are many requests, we are talking now we are having some kind of economic turmoil all over the world, and people are coming with requests. For some personal requests, people that are having some health problems that are looking for some kind of remedy. And there are people for God to help them; some personal issues; love," Hochman said.

Whatever the request, Israel's Postal Service is happy to continue their service of delivering letters to God.  

"We are delivering it to God in order that God hopefully will answer all those prayers of people all over the world," Hochman said.

*Originally aired September 1, 2009.

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