Waffle House isn’t usually the scene of national news these days, and hasn’t been for quite some time, but a picture captured during a recent shift change is about to change that.
Paige Price, a woman from Senatobia, Mississippi, captured the image you see above and posted it to Facebook on June 29. Since that time, it has received more than 241,000 shares on the social networking site.
Paige weighed in with some thoughts of her own.
“Some of u [sic] 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 over heard 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. Why am I posting this? 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.”
Most of the commenters on social media have been in agreement with Paige, seeing this as a much-needed rallying cry for Christians, many of whom feel disenfranchised in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality as well as a general feeling that the U.S. is no longer “a Christian nation.”
Still, others saw the harm in this display, noting that some of the individuals participating may have felt coerced into doing so.
“This is WRONG,” wrote Rick Lopez, Jr., on the Opposing Views page. “We don’t know that (they were willing) and we don’t know if some of them feel pressured to do it or else face consequences or be ostracized. There’s a reason we don’t allow religion in the workplace.”
What do you think, readers? Was the Waffle House prayer photo a touching display of faith or divisive and offensive? Sound off in the comments section.
[Image of Waffle House prayer via Paige Price Facebook, linked above]