Installment #3 of Clarion's Marys and Marthas (M & Ms) and our budding relationship with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
As Karen's Korners readers know, it started with a simple card, thanking the LAPD for serving their city as officers; recognizing them because one of their own had been killed in the line of duty last fall.
Sgt. Ron Walker called me to thank the M & Ms for thinking of, praying for, caring for them with our note, saying in part, what a rarity it is for them to be thanked (as opposed to complaints, I am sure!).
At Christmas time, we received a Christmas card signed by 20 officers with their holiday notes and comments, a letter better explaining what Walker's particular department does and 12 - 14 'Los Angeles Police' black with white lettering cloth emblems.
So what would we do with those dozen plus badges? We would 'adopt' the LAPD and 'recruit' other organizations, prayer groups, and churches to do the same! Last Thursday evening at our monthly meeting, the M & Ms in attendance, signed a couple of 'adoption certificates', suitable for framing and sent them to Walker.
Only makes sense! The LAPD with its officers and staff are about the same size as the entire population of Wright County - 10,000 officers and 3,000 support personnel. Geographically, Los Angeles is 500 square miles; Wright County is 576 square miles. Los Angeles population is greater than the whole population of the state of Iowa!
But God has always used 'little' to confound the 'large or powerful'! (Think of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'!)
What does our adoption mean. We would continue to think of, pray for, and maybe at times, let them know that they are appreciated. And thank them!
If you'd like to join us as 'caring parents', I'd be happy to send you Sgt. Walker's address and a bit more information about them.
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You that You can use us where we are to care for others. Thank You that you help us to seize opportunities to reach out to others to care for them and to let them know that they are loved! We ask you to bless and care for each LAPD officer as they serve their community. We pray for a miracle in the lives of each person. We don't know how You will let them know how much you care for them. But You do; like you care for each one of us! We are blessed. Thank You for allowing us to bless others. In Jesus' Name. Amen.