A time for prayer
First, the disclaimer: I'm not what you might call a religious person. Spiritual? Sure. But dogmatic? Definitely not. I grew up in a Southern Baptist household, which by their doctrine does not really align with who I am, historically career-minded, single until after 30, and now, a working mom.
My company still enjoys daily involvement from the three names on the door. The CEO is a co-founder and was the man with whom I first interviewed and connected with immediately. In his office are photos of him with Reverend Billy Graham and other religious leaders. There is reference to God in the company's mission statement. This was clearly a religious person in addition to being a smart businessman. It wasn't long after I joined the firm that I found myself in our weekly all-staff meeting bowing my head as this CEO closed the meeting with a prayer...for safe travels, for well-being, for prosperity. Not something I would choose to do, but hey, it's his company, right?
We recently went through some changes in the ownership structure and the CEO stopped leading the prayer every week in the meetings. Until this week. Our HR Manager, formerly the CEOs assistant and a vertiable pillar within the company, lost her teenage son this weekend, very tragically. After sharing this unthinkable news with the staff, Mr. CEO stated that "at times like these, it's important, in my mind, to draw upon all available resources. So I now ask that you join me in prayer for this family, as they will need every bit of strength that they can get in the coming weeks, months and years."
For those who joined the company after the weekly prayers had ended, I'm sure this was a bit of a Monday morning jolt, especially when coupled with the news. For me, it was a reminder that there are resources beyond our walls that we can draw upon in times of need.