A picture of a Chick-fil-A restaurant manager praying with a homeless man has gone viral.
One of the diners who came in that day was a bit unkept. He was wearing jeans and a hoodie – hardly the kind of clothing for a day like that. Most folks just figured he was a homeless fellow.
After he and his daughter witnessed the scene during a visit to a Murfreesboro Chick-fil-A, Joey Mustain took to his Facebook page to relay what he saw when the homeless man entered the store. Now, the post is going viral.
“A homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food. Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes. His hair was matted, and his beard wasn’t a statement as much as it was a necessity and a sign that he doesn’t get to shave as often as most of us do,” Mustain said.
The father said people near him kept their distance, but that didn’t stop the homeless man from being kind.
“He spoke to people who reluctantly spoke back, and he smiled while he waited on a manager.”
The manager told the stranger he’d love to give him a full, warm meal but had one requirement. The manager said he had to let him pray with him.
“After the homeless man agreed, there was no waiting for things to die down, there was no scooting anyone to the side. As busy as they were, the manager stopped then and there, laid his hand on the man, and proceeded to pray. I heard love in that prayer. The homeless man wasn’t some untouchable stain on business. He was the reason that store opened its doors this morning (or any morning).”
Mustain said he asked Stella to watch them pray and she asked her dad what was happening. The dad told his daughter and then Stella bowed her head too.
“I realized then and there that Chick-fil-A doesn’t simply do business for profits, they truly use business to minister. In a time when companies are trying to win in the market by neutralizing any possibility of offense, CFA is thriving because they unwaveringly cling to their principles and purpose. I love teaching my daughter life lessons, and I also love being there to watch other Christians teach her life lessons. Thank you,Chick-fil-A, for taking care of the latter today.”
People on social media are finding Joey’s story about what he experienced at his local Chick-fil-A store heartwarming enough to share it in droves. Instead of discouraging the homeless man from lurking around, the manner in which the Chick-fil-A restaurant manager prayed with Justin is striking some kind of chord with folks online.
Chick-fil-A is known as the franchise based in Atlanta that has swelled to more than 1,900 restaurants in 41 states and Washington, D.C., all the while closing their operations on Sundays so that employees can go to church or observe the Sabbath how they choose.
Sources: America Now