A Florida woman was minding her own business, but she was interrupted while eating her breakfast at a Panama City Waffle House when the diner’s manager shouted an announcement and all the employees responded in a surprising fashion.
Paige Price (left) and stock image of a Waffle House restaurant (right)
The manager of the eatery told the employees it was time for a shift change, an event that apparently doesn’t take place at this particular location without circling in prayer. All the employees stopped what they were doing and gathered together. Some held hands, while others removed their hats, and they prayed together in a soft whisper.
Paige Price couldn’t believe the unabashed show of faith in a public place, and in a world where people are perpetually offended by acts of Christianity. Once the prayer came to a close, the participants dispersed and went about their individual business. It was clear that prayer was a common practice at this Waffle House, perhaps even expected, and each employee was unashamed of doing it in front of patrons, regardless of their feelings on the matter.
Moved by their actions, Price posted the photo to Facebook explaining her thoughts and feelings on what she witnessed.
Photo posted by Paige Price to Facebook
Paige Price said in the caption alongside the picture:
Some of u may think I’m weird for this and that’s ok. Yes, I snapped a picture of the waffle house workers. Why? We are in Panama City Beach where I took this photo. We stopped here to eat at about 9ish. I overheard the manager say “It’s shift change”. No big deal right? I looked over and noticed all of the workers gathering around each other, in a circle, some holding hands, and some taking their hats off. I’m pretty sure I had a very weird look on my face because I had to ask myself a few times if this was real, if they were really about to pray before each of them went their separate ways, if they were really about to PRAY and not care who they offended. They gathered in their little circle, spoke a soft prayer, and went on about their business.
At first, it sounded as though she was potentially put off by the prayer, but she went on to express how impressed she was by them. “Why am I posting this?” she continued. “The world that I’ve grown up in for 23 years is changing fast and to see this just made my heart smile. Maybe there’s hope for our country after all. I applaud these people for standing up for what they believe in and not worrying about offending others or what others may think/say about them.”
Paige Price is spot on. If Christians keep their faith and practices to themselves, then not only do the naysayers win when they claim these acts are offensive, but we’re not spreading the good news of God’s word. It’s time to take our country back to the roots it was built on, now more than ever.
Bravo to this bold manager who operates that Waffle House by honoring God and blessing the employees. She is a leader in her small corner of this country and an excellent example to her employees.
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