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Good things come to those who pray… at Jimmy’s Egg

12:25 PM EST on November 12, 2015


Last week, my brother and I were having coffee at Elemental on N. Hudson. He just had surgery to fix a broken finger he suffered while playing basketball at the YMCA and had this huge cast running from his elbow to his hand.

As we were about to get up and leave, some 20-something dude we didn't know walked up to us and asked "What happened to your hand?"

My brother gave a smartass "You should see the other guy" response, but the dude seemed legitimately concerned and didn't seem to get the joke.

"Actually, I hurt it playing basketball."

My brother looks about as much like a basketball player as I do a fitness model. The guy then said "Oh really. Is it going to be okay?"

"Yeah, they just put a couple of screws in the..." At this point, little brother begins to awkwardly explain the injury, the diagnosis process, the surgery, how it's difficult to put a shirt on, etc. When he finished, the dude looked at him and asked:

"That's interesting. Can I pray for your hand with you?"

My brother, who's about as religious as Bill Maher, suddenly got this uncomfortable run-out-of-toilet paper look on his face. Never turning down an opportunity to embarrass my little brother, I chimed in:

"Sure! That sounds great!"

The dude then grabbed my brother's arm, bowed his head, closed his eyes, and as I was sat silent, started praying to the Christian God (and his son) to heal a broken knuckle. The whole thing lasted a very long 10-seconds. We then said "Amen," the dude thanked us, and he went along with his day.

It was an amusing experience, but unfortunately we didn't get any free food out of the deal. I guess that's what we get for going to a fancy downtown coffee shop and not Jimmy's Egg.


The family that prays together... Well we've all heard the familiar saying. But in this case, when a family bowed their heads before breakfast, someone was watching.

An anonymous stranger was also at the Jimmy's Egg in Yukon, and paid for the family's meal and left them a message. Instead of a bill, the family was served a note that read, "Because you prayed, we paid. Continue to raise your sons in Christ. God Bless."

Sherry Thompson, Assistant Manager at Jimmy's Egg, said the woman appeared touched by the gesture.

Of course she was touched by the gesture! Even the richest people in the world like free food. Why do you think Thunder players are so nice to local restauranteurs? It's also why I'm now going to require that Louis Fowler pray at any place he visits for a TLO food review. Maybe I won't have to reimburse him for the meal.

Also, I wonder what exactly they were praying for. Since they were at Jimmy's Egg, it's hard to be sure. They were probably asking God to have the waitress refill their cup of coffee or bless them all with normal bowel movements later in the afternoon.

"She was about in tears, the customer who got her food bought," said Thompson.

The thankful woman took a picture of the check, and posted it on her Facebook page. It has now spread all over the internet.

Thompson says patrons pray before eating all the time, so no one really paid much attention when the family bowed their heads. She says, it's also pretty common for diners to do good deeds.

"We see a lot of people paying it forward, buying for other people. Especially coming holiday time, we see a lot of that, we do. Because we have really good customers."

Know what would be kind of funny? The next time you're at a Jimmy's Egg, pick up someone's tab and then leave a note saying "We paid because you didn't pray. Atheist, Atheist, all the way!" I'm sure that note will also go viral in a very positive, endearing way and leave the local media gushing.

Is there anything else we need to know?

The KFOR team reached out to the woman whose family meal was paid for, but have yet to hear from her. We hope she will see how far the story has spread, and want to share the experience with others.

We found a post about the act of kindness on a church website in England.

What the hell? KFOR never gives us credit for anything, but now they're giving shout outs to church websites from England. The next time they steal one of our stories the better call us an obscure, local, social blog... or at least buy us breakfast at Jimmy's Egg. That's what I'm praying for.

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