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Young man approaches Florida deputy at Zaxby’s, prays for his protection

“Tonight was a night that I will never forget,” Justine Tucker wrote in a Facebook post.
Juan O'Neal, right, prays over a Volusia County Sheriff deputy at a Zaxby's restaurant in DeLand. [Facebook]
Juan O'Neal, right, prays over a Volusia County Sheriff deputy at a Zaxby's restaurant in DeLand. [Facebook]
Published Sep. 25, 2019

For all of the venom and vitriol that fill our social media feeds, there are feel-good stories, too.

A reminder came this past weekend, when the wife of a Florida deputy shared a photo on Facebook describing an encounter at a Zaxby’s restaurant in DeLand in which a young man approached her husband, Cameron, and offered to pray over him for his protection.

“Tonight was a night that I will never forget,” Justine Tucker wrote.

Tonight was a night that I will never forget. This picture is a reminder of God’s constant love and perfect timing....

Posted by Justine Tucker on Saturday, September 21, 2019

“After crying my eyes out we got to have an amazing conversation with this gentleman,” Tucker wrote.

The man, Juan O’Neal, is a student at Stetson University, according to his Facebook page.

As of Wednesday morning, the post had more than 42,000 reactions, 4,900 comments and 21,000 shares.

The post especially connected with Facebook users thirsting for positive news about people in their community.

“This is one of the main reasons why I stay connected to FB,” responded Reginald D. Alston. “There is love, kindness, compassion, respect, and general sense of caring among most people that seems to take a backseat to negativity and chaos all too often.”

“With everything that is wrong in America today, thank you for sharing this,” wrote Emily Broome Garrison. “It’s proof there’s still so much that is right!”

“People need these stories,” echoed Rachelle Bman.

Said Max Ludwig, “It’s great to wake up and see a beautiful post like this."

“This gave me goosebumps!” wrote Monica Diaz.

Wondered Robert Cuccio, “Why are there not more stories of wonderful people like Juan?”

Turns out, there were.

One took place earlier that same day, in Raleigh, N.C.

“Love this," wrote Chris Pratt, whose Facebook page identifies him as lead pastor at Vision Baptist Church. “I actually did this today with 2 nurses in the hospital.”

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