Young Man Walks Up To Police Officer With A Touching Request
ShareTap Staff 4/10/2019
Some of us are driven by the need to make a difference in the world. We want to pursue careers that defend and protect. Generally, we want to contribute positively to our society. Some ways we do that is that join the police force, become doctors or teachers, or give comfort to those who are lost.
So when one police officer saw a young man approaching him when he was sitting in his police cruiser his first thought was that the young man needed his help. The young man's request, however, touched his heart and left him with a realization so strong he had to share it with everyone he knew on social media.
Officer Brad Philip Potter was in his patrol car trying to do some paperwork. He was parked in his usual gas station, surveying the area in case of trouble, but at the same time trying to get some fresh air. That's when he saw a young man walking toward him.
This young man was Caleb and Officer Potter was expecting him to ask for help. Instead, Caleb's request floored the police officer, who really wasn't expecting such a question. Caleb asked:
"Can I pray for you?"
It came out of the blue, so the police officer wasn't able to answer immediately. Officer Potter stammered out a yes, and he was more surprised that Caleb was really going to do it--pray for him, a complete stranger. He wrote of the experience:
"And I sat there, in a bit of awe at the heart of this young man. To go up to a complete stranger and ask to pray for them... what an amazing act of pure kindness."
Days after the encounter with the awe-inspiring young man, Officer Potter posted about it on his Facebook account.
The stunned police officer eventually got over his initial surprise and asked Caleb if they could pray together. So, they held hands and prayed. They prayed for law enforcement officers everywhere. They prayed for their community. They prayed for the peace and security of everyone.
After they finished, Officer Potter walked Caleb back to his father. There, Officer Potter met a wise, older gentleman who, when the police officer told him what Caleb did only said that his son did that often. Somehow, Officer Potter wasn't surprised.
That was the end of Officer Potter's encounter with Caleb but the young man's request and kind act remained on his mind. That was when he realized he needed to share his story with the rest of his community. Just as expected, a lot of people who read about his story were inspired and touched.
The police officer wrote:
It takes a world, to change the world. And with people like Caleb out there in this world, I know we can do it. I implore everyone, please take a lesson from this young man. Spread a little love around the world.
Caleb's simple gesture has now inspired thousands of people to open their hearts to peace and love.