About 500 people showed up Thursday morning to hear Krispy Kreme President and CEO Jim Morgan talk about a lot more than doughnuts at the 14th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Greenwood YMCA.
“Walk more slowly, literally and figuratively, and bow more often,” was Morgan’s takeaway message during his talk that featured personal testimonies about how God had worked in his life through prayer.
Morgan, who came out of retirement in 2007 to become head of a company that was in financial and legal distress, talked about his relationship with his grandmother, “Apple,” and how prayer became instrumental when “the light of my life” began to experience deteriorating health.
He recalled how he’d had a bad day at work and decided to go see her one morning. “I had prayed and prayed that God would make her better,” Morgan shared.
On this particular morning, he said, he held his grandmother’s hand and prayed for her once more, and then was “overwhelmed by the selfishness of my prayer.”
Morgan said he prayed another prayer, this time telling God he was ready to let go of his grandmother if it was her time. Moments later, he said, she squeezed his hand and “went to be with her heavenly Father.”
The speaker called that moment one of the times in his life when God would hit him upside the head with a 2-by-4.
Another of the times came when his son, Jamie Morgan, became a substance abuser. “For eight years, (wife) Peggy and I prayed for our son,” Jim Morgan said. “We awaited the call that he’d been found somewhere.”
One morning, he was part of a devotion that focused on Mark 5, when Jairus, the synagogue ruler, asked Jesus to heal his dying daughter. Jesus was delayed and before he could get to Jairus’ house, some men came from the house and told him his daughter had died. Jesus ignored what the men had said and told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Jesus went with Jairus to his house and they found his daughter was alive.
“I knew then that I had to let go of my son,” Morgan said. “I never lost another minute of sleep over him.”
Months later, Jamie Morgan called his parents and told them he needed to go into rehab.
“Five years later, we have a truly born-again son who is using his talents for the Lord,” Jim Morgan said.
Jamie Morgan preceded his father with some special music during the Community Prayer Breakfast.
Jim Morgan said the need for the power of prayer and Scripture has never been greater in this country.
He encouraged those gathered to take their faith inside the workplace and gave an example his own company. “Through Him and His presence, we’ve turned things around at Krispy Kreme, but more importantly, lives have been changed,” Morgan said.
Greenwood Family YMCA CEO Gray Stallworth welcomed everyone to the breakfast and Nick Nicholson gave an opening prayer. After Jamie Morgan’s special music, Jimmy Fowler, a member of the YMCA Christian Emphasis Committee, introduced the speaker.
Dan Flint of Greater Greenwood United Ministries led the group in a Community Prayer to close the event.