A new Chick-fil-A testimony is making the rounds on Facebook, with the Facebook account named JoeynKaren Mustain sharing a Chick-fil-A photo and experience on Monday, January 25, near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which has gone completely viral in that time. With more than 220,000 likes on Facebook, and more than 70,000 Facebook shares, the post describes what happened when Joey took his daughter to Chick-fil-A for their usual father and daughter outing, and they saw Justin Burkeen enter the Chick-fil-A.
“I took Stella to Chick-fil-A today. It’s our normal daddy/daughter spot. It’s clean, so good, and the playground has a tractor beam on her the moment she sees it. When we finished eating and she’d worked up her dessert appetite playing with the other kids, we went back to trade in her toy for ice cream. She wanted to sit at a table to eat the cone (something we usually do in the truck), and I’m so glad she did. We took a booth right next to the spot where you wait for your drink to be “refreshed,” and we had a front row seat to this beautiful scene: a homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food. Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes.”
As reported by Yahoo, Joey next described how Justin sported matted hair and a beard that bespoke the fact that Burkeen doesn’t have the privilege of shaving as often as most folks do. While some Chick-fil-A patrons kept a distance from Joey, Burkeen was still kind and smiled and spoke to folks who spoke to him, wrote Mustain.
The parts of the conversation that Joey could hear involved Justin speaking with the Chick-fil-A manager, who told Burkeen he would love to give him a nice hot meal — not leftovers or scraps — if Justin would allow the manager to pray with him. Burkeen agreed and the Chick-fil-A manager prayed right then and there, laying hands on Justin, taking time out of his busy schedule to care enough about the man. Joey reported that love infiltrated the prayer.
“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).”
Joey says his daughter asked what was going on when he asked her to watch the situation. When he explained to her that they were praying, Stella bowed her head in prayer as well.
“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.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)