The list of ways Chick-fil-A workers go the extra mile for customers now includes prayer.
Brittany Calden was eating at a Chick-fil-A at Madison, Ala., earlier this month when she saw long-time employee Stephen Spray talking to another customer. Soon, Spray put his hand on the customer and began praying for her, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Calden, a professional photographer with Brittany Calden Photography, snapped a photo of the interaction. It has gone viral.
“As a photographer, it was instinctual for me to document this moment,” Calden told Fox 5. “I find myself always searching for things that move me, and this was one of those instances.”
The moment caused Calden to tear up.
“He's a hard worker and was wiping tables minutes before approaching the lady,” Calden said.
“Mr. Steve” as he’s known, has worked at the restaurant for nine years.
“Mr. Steve never fails to walk up to your table and ask how your day is going and always tried to make your day better than it was before you saw him,” Calden said.
Spray told Calden the “Spirit led him to pray for her.”
“I work at a place where if I’m led to pray for someone, I’m able to do that and I’ll do it right on the spot,” Spray told her. “People need prayer, encouragement, and love. That’s what we try to do here.”
Chick-fil-A was No. 1 in the 2019 American Customer Satisfaction Index, which surveys customers on their opinions about restaurants.
It’s not the first time Calden has seen Chick-fil-A workers assist employees in unique ways.
“As soon as we enter we are greeted by our names, it’s seriously unreal,” she told Fox 5. “They hold my baby when my hands are full and go out of their way to make us feel good. The other day we were leaving and an employee ran for the door to hug my daughter before she could leave. They don’t do what they do for recognition. These employees have hearts that are led by Jesus and its evident every time we enter their restaurant.”
Chick-fil-A became the third-largest fast-food restaurant this year. Its corporate purpose is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.
Photo courtesy: Brittany Calden/Brittany Calden Photography
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, The Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.