A prayer is undeniably one of the most selfless gifts one can give to heal a grieving heart.
One Friday afternoon in March 2016, a mourning woman who stopped by the Dutch Bros Coffee drive-thru on 138th Avenue in Vancouver, Washington, left with more than just a coffee.
She ended up receiving a prayer for strength and comfort from the drive-thru staff.
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It all began when a female employee at the Dutch Bros Coffee outlet noticed the woman in the drive-thru line crying.
Through talking to her, the employees learned she had just lost her 37-year-old husband the previous night.
To comfort the woman, one of the employees, Pierce Dunn, gave her a free coffee and said, “I know this may sound weird, but I was wondering if I could pray for you.”
With the woman’s permission, Dunn’s co-worker, Jacob Hancock, took the lead. He leaned out the window to hold the woman’s hand.
Dunn did the same.
“That moment was absolutely incredible,” Dunn told The Oregonian. “It was so emotional.”
Just then, another co-worker, Evan Freeman, joined them in prayer.
“The least we can do is hold her hand and make her feel better,” Freeman said.
“I wished her peace on the situation and peace in her life,” Dunn told CBS News. “I prayed to help her family and his family through the mourning as well.”
“She was crying,” he added. “I shed a few tears. We’ve cried since as well. When something that real happens, it hits close to home.”
Unbeknownst to Dunn, Freeman, and Hancock, this on-the-spur moment of prayer was caught on camera by another customer in the drive-thru lane, Barbara Danner.
Danner shared the photo on Dutch Bros Coffee’s Facebook page.
Coffee is pretty much important to most of us on getting our day started..but I cant even fathom what this woman was…
She wrote, “When the DB guys & gals noticed she was falling apart, they stopped everything and prayed with her for several minutes, invited her to come back for prayer and support, as well as anything else that she might need.”
The inspiring post was hugely popular, with close to half a million reactions.
Dunn remained humble despite the overwhelming response.
“By no means am I like some sort of superhero,” Dunn said. “It was just an act of kindness that I think anyone can do.”
“If every single person … did an act of kindness and had a smile on their face every single day, the world would be a completely different place,” he told Fox 5.
Moreover, Freeman lent some kind words of advice to the woman.
“It will get better,” he told her. “There’s always a new day; there’s a new light. If you feel like you’ve reached rock bottom—the only place to go from bottom is up.”
A prayer is a powerful gift! We’re sure the woman very much appreciated the love and support she received that afternoon.
Kudos to Dunn, Freeman, and Hancock for dropping what you were doing to comfort a stranger in need.