Thursday, June 5, 2014
Letters to the Editor
A special thank you
Too often, today’s news reflects negative local and world activities.
Good news seldom finds its way into public awareness. Exceptionally good news is a rarity. Amidst the sensationalism of horrific events, narcissistic acts and greed, reports of Christian character are no longer revered but jeered at by the masses or simply ignored. Too many have succumbed to worldly idolatries severing their relationship from the One authentic source of our existence — Christ!
To some, the events of my experience would be termed “luck.” To Christians, this word is never a consideration. Only God’s Hand, His omnipresence and omnipotence could have perfected the woven threads of this occurrence.
Friday at the inception of Memorial Day weekend, late in the afternoon, the parking area at Walmart was teeming with people and I among them. Having parked in the handicapped space available directly in front of the entrance, I located a riding cart, purchased my groceries, placed them in my vehicle and returned home. The shuddering thought of my purse having been left accidentally in the cart became a ghastly reality. While immediately returning to Walmart, my prayers to the Lord were intense. After all, He knew exactly where my purse was located. I asked that He please return it to me with its entire contents intact.
As anticipated, my parking space was already occupied and the riding cart no longer in the place where I had left it. Seeing Mr. Eddie Jones, who is employed at Walmart, I told him about my lost purse. He could not have been more concerned or accommodating and rushed me into the store reassuring me that every effort would be made to locate it. I so appreciated his kindness. He immediately located the store manager, Ms. Serena Gates, who also was very accommodating. She asked me to show her where I had parked, then promptly scurried to the security camera area to review the films. At that point, I found a place to sit in the foyer where the shoppers exited with their purchases.
While waiting, I continued asking the Lord for His help. Ms. Shauneille Mason, who is also employed there and always exceedingly nice as well, saw me. I beckoned for her to come toward me and told her of my predicament. She was extremely busy overseeing the cashiers etc., but listened intensely to my request that she notice any riding cart or regular basket for the purse that I described in detail.
Time passed. A man in a riding cart came in my direction and suddenly stopped in front of me. He stated that he had something that belonged to me. Apparently Mrs. Mason had noticed my purse and told him where I could be found. With the kindest expression in his eyes, he handed the purse to me. My appreciation to the Lord for answering my prayers was overwhelming. Only He could have caused all of the people to have been oblivious to my abandoned purse left out in the open before everyone. Only He provided an honest person as well as a Christian to have parked in the same place and gotten in the cart that I had left containing my purse. The man then said that he had been an officer with the LAPD (Los Angeles, California, Police Department), but due to ill health had retired. After showing me his photo ID, he emphasized that he had seen entirely too much over the years to leave the purse with anyone. He intended to immediately return to his relative’s home where he was visiting in Holly Springs and personally contact the owner. Words fall short in expressing my gratitude to Mr. Tyrone Young for his honesty and protection of my possession.
I cannot thank him nor commend him enough and the three exceptional employees at Walmart for their concerned and immediate actions. The Lord genuinely blessed me with their sincere goodness. In turn, I am certain that He will bless them as well. To Him be the glory reflected through each of their lives.
Mrs. Robert D. Farnsworth
Asking for support
My name is Shakir Ingram. I am 11 years old and a seventh grader at the Holly Springs Junior High School.
I have been selected to attend International Presentations of Performers (I POP) in Los Angeles, Calif., from July 1 to 6 for acting. I POP is the world’s leading talent event designed to promote talent.
I am asking the community for a contribution, big or small; all will be appreciated. Please help my dream come true.
Very Respectfully, Shakir Ingram
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