Fast food restaurants stopping their service temporarily for a moment is almost unheard of, but not for a Chick-fil-A outlet in North Carolina. And gratefully, the customers all complied because it was for a good reason—to pray for one staff member.
It was business as usual on Aug. 31 for the staff at a Chick-fil-A outlet in Belmont, except that one staff member was missing from work. Employee Patricia Waters Russell, known to many as Ms. Trish, had to undergo surgery for breast cancer that day.
When the clock struck at 11:52, the time of the surgery, the manager called out from the counter to everyone at the restaurant if they would like to join him in prayer for Ms. Trish.
The manager said:
“One of our team members is starting surgery right now for breast cancer and we’d like to say a short prayer for her, if you’d like to join us.
“It’s Ms. Trish… so if you all know her from our dining room, today is a rough day for us, so we’re hoping things go well.
“Dear Lord, please just protect Ms. Trish as she begins her surgery today. Please give the surgeon a steady hand as they perform the needed surgery on her.
“Please let everybody in the surgery room be at their best today and have sharp minds and clear heads as they work on her.
“We need her back here. She is our light, she is the pillar in the community for us and everybody here loves her so much.
“Please, please just protect her and get her back here to brighten our days as soon as you can.”
There's many reason why I love my job, but this one certainly means so much to me. If you have ever been to Chick-fil-A in Belmont during lunch hours then you have met Ms Trish. Ms Trish recently found out that she has breast cancer and had surgery this morning at approximately 11:52. There have been numerous times that she has stopped what she was doing and prayed with our customers. So at 11:52, we stopped what we were doing and prayed for Ms Trish. We love you Patricia Waters Russell and will continue to keep you in our prayers!! CFA BELMONT ??
تم النشر بواسطة Susan Lackey Norris في الجمعة، ٣١ أغسطس ٢٠١٨
With that, customers inside the restaurant bowed their heads in joint prayer.
The moment was captured on camera by one restaurant employee, Susan Lackey Norris, who later uploaded the video to Facebook, with the caption: “There’s many reason [sic] why I love my job, but this one certainly means so much to me.”
Fox46 reported that the surgery went well, and Ms. Trish is recovering.
No doubt Ms. Trish will see the video of her colleagues and customers praying for her, and it will touch her heart and fill her with positivity.
What’s most important for a person recovering is that they have a positive mindset.
When life threw this guy a curveball, he chose one thing to help get him back into the game