Joey Mustain and his young daughter Stella visited a Tennessee Chick-fil-A Monday and witnessed what he called a “beautiful scene.”
Mustain and Stella frequent the restaurant as a “daddy/daughter spot” for the food and the jungle gym. After they finished eating, Stella had some play time with the other kids, and soon enough, she was ready for dessert.
Instead of eating her ice cream cone on the car ride home — her usual routine, according to Mustain — Stella wanted to sit at a table to enjoy her treat. The two sat at a booth, where they were able to observe a heartwarming encounter between the restaurant’s manager and a homeless man.
Mustain later described the scene in a Facebook post:
A homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food. Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes,” he wrote. “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. People near him kept their distance, but that didn’t stop him from being kind. He spoke to people who reluctantly spoke back, and he smiled while he waited on a manager.
When the manager arrived, Mustain heard him say that he’d love to offer the man a “full-warm meal — not just scraps or extras.” The only condition the manager gave was that the man allow him to pray with him.
“After the homeless man agreed,” Mustain continued, “there was no waiting for things to die down, there was no scooting anyone to the side.”
The manager laid his hand on the man and began praying.
“I heard love in that prayer,” Mustain wrote. “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, a Christian, asked his daughter to watch the exchange. When he explained to Stella what was happening, she bowed her head to pray, too.
“I realized then and there that Chick-fil-A doesn’t simply do business for profits, they truly use business to minister,” he wrote. “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.”
As of Tuesday morning Mustain’s post had received over 25,000 shares.