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Hobby Lobby founder's inspiring letter to employees during COVID-19 outbreak goes viral: ‘God is in control’

Powerful memo

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Hobby Lobby remains open amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and its founder has a powerful message for his stores and employees.

What are the details?

In an employee memo that's since gone viral, Hobby Lobby founder and CEO David Green said that no matter what happens, God is in control.

"While we do not know for certain what the future holds, or how long this disruption will last, we can all rest in knowing that God is in control," he wrote. "To help ensure our Company remains strong and prepared to prosper once again when this passes, we may all have to 'tighten our belts' over the near future."

Green also promised to protect the integrity of the store's cleanliness policy, and it will increase "frequency of store cleaning, including more cleaning of areas regularly touched by customers and employees, with anti-viral cleaning products throughout the day."

Green also described his wife, Barbara, as a "prayer warrior" who refuses to turn her back on her strong faith, and said that God put three words on his wife's heart to share with others struggling with anxieties over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those three words, according to Green, are "guide, guard, and groom."

"We serve a God who will Guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel to places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now," he added.

What else?

Elsewhere in the letter, he quoted the late Rev. Billy Graham: "We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient."

You can read the letter in its entirety below.

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