Michael Lodge, NCPM, CRTP: Several years ago, I had to go to a skilled nursing facility to mediate an employee workplace conflict where the workers had gone out on strike and temporary healthcare staff were brought in to cover the patients care. However, the workers picketing were threatening the temporary staff going in and out of the facility. Now only were they getting harassed outside of the facility, some of the normal staff were not working with the temporary staff. So, I was called in to mediate the issue.
However, as I was sitting in the SNF administrators’ office talking about the issue in his facility, which he and his brother owned, a phone call disrupted our discussion. He took the call and after he was finished, he turned to me and said. Could we pause the meeting, he needed to pray? You see they had lost a patient and they were out searching to find the patient. He turned his chair around and bowed his head and prayed.
He turned around and said thank you to me. At that moment the phone rang, and he was informed they had found the patient is all was ok. Prayer answered!
Normally meetings are not stopped to pray. Nor do you see prayers that are answered right in front of you in a business meeting. It does happen. Before I go into a mediation session I stop and pray. I learned from the administrator of a SNF that prayer even works in business and mediation.
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Michael Lodge is a Nationally Certified Professional Mediator specializing in business disputes, as well as family conflicts. He has written three books and hosts an international podcast on IHeartRadio and other podcast media stations.