Yesterday afternoon my phone rang with the message 'private caller'; not telling me who was calling. During this election cycle, is it smart to answer?
"Hello," I said.
"Is this Karen Weld?" the person on the other end said.
"Yes," was my reply.
"I am Sergeant Ron Walker from the Los Angeles Police Department," the voice on the other end of the line said.
"Some one raising money?" I thought. I knew I hadn't been to California lately so it couldn't be a parking or speeding ticket!
"I called to tell you and your group, the M & Ms, thank you for your nice card, commending our police officers for their work here," he said.
"Wow!" I said, "I can't believe you are taking the time to call!"
Our M & Ms (Marys & Marthas) an ecumenical group of gals who meets monthly, has as its mission 'Serving God By Loving Others'. In the last year or so, we watch the media witnessing the services of police departments across the United States for their heroic services. Many times saving a situation, being wounded in their service, or losing a fellow office in the line of duty.
"I am head of the mental health department," he said. "I get the mail that has no other designated place to go. And I got your note. We rarely get something so nice. So I decided to pick up the phone to call you. I also wanted you to know that your good wishes will be given to all our officers in 'ROLL CALL' so they will know how much what we do matters to our friends in Iowa."
I just couldn't believe his message to us! How many officers in the Los Angeles Police Department? My google search said 10,000 with 3,000 support staff, serving the city of more than 4 million.
To think that our few minutes, with a couple handfuls of M & Ms signing a thank you card, meant so much to so many!
Only God knew and knows!
And it's not just the M & Ms. It could be any of us...saying 'thank you'! Whether we get thanked personally or not by the recipient....