Una carta a Dios” tells the story of Lencho, a poor, uneducated farmer. Lencho’s crops are in need of a good rainfall. Instead, a terrible hail storm comes through and completely destroys the crops. Lencho and his family are afraid they may go hungry in the year to come. However, they are not completely devastated because of their profound trust in God.
Lencho, being both uneducated and a man of great faith, writes a letter to God asking for 100 pesos so his family will be able to survive the year and replant the next year. He puts the letter in an envelope and writes “God” on the outside. When he goes to the village next Sunday, he drops the letter in the mailbox at the post office.
A mailman takes it to the postmaster, who is both amazed by Lencho’s faith and amused by his method of petitioning. The postmaster does not want to disturb the farmer’s childlike faith, so he tries to collect enough money to answer the letter. In the end, he is able to assemble 70 pesos.
The next Sunday, Lencho comes to the post office again and picks up his envelope. The postmaster watches him from inside the building, feeling satisfied because of his good deed. Upon opening the envelope, though, Lencho becomes angry. The farmer knows that God cannot be wrong, nor would He disregard Lencho’s petition. Lencho returns to the post office window and asks for paper and ink. He writes another letter and puts it in the mailbox. As soon as he leaves, the postmaster goes to get the letter and opens it. It also is addressed to God, and states that Lencho received only 70 of the pesos. He asks God to send the rest, but not via the mail, because the post office employees are thieves.