Pastor’s Letter to Hillary Clinton Day After Election Loss: ‘Sunday is Coming’
It is not often you lose an election you were widely expected to win in a landslide slide. The shock of losing such elections can be devastating and no one knows that feeling better than Hillary Clinton.
November 8, 2016 began unlike other days. It was the day all her life-long dreams, expectations and hard work were to come together in a crowning moment, the moment she would be called president-elect.
The polls had her beating her Republican opponent Donald Trump comfortably but by 7:00pm CST the story had changed. As the results began trickling in, she knew she was in trouble.
One by one, states she was expected to win went to her opponent – Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Finally it hit her. She had lost. Those close to her said she felt shocked and dejected.
Her pastor Rev. Bill Shillady felt her pain too. To encourage her, he penned a letter to Hillary Clinton to remind her that morning comes after the night, that Sunday comes after Friday.
“It is Friday, but Sunday is coming,” he began.
“This is not the devotional I had hoped to write. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. While Good Friday may be the starkest representation of a Friday that we have, life is filled with a lot of Fridays,” he continued.
Read the full text of the letter below.
Sunday is Coming
November 9, 2016
It is Friday, but Sunday is coming. This is not the devotional I had hoped to write. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day. While Good Friday may be the starkest representation of a Friday that we have, life is filled with a lot of Fridays.
For the disciples and Christ’s followers in the first century, Good Friday represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost. The momentum and hope of a man claiming to be the Son of God, the Messiah who was supposed to change everything, had been executed.
Even though Jesus told his followers three days later the temple would be restored, they had no idea of what that Sunday would be. They betrayed, denied, mourned, fled and hid. They did just about everything BUT feel good about Friday and their circumstances.
For us, Friday is the phone call from the doctor that the cancer is back. It’s the news that you have lost your job. It’s the betrayal of a friend, the loss of someone dear. Friday is the day that it all falls apart and all hope is lost. We all have Fridays. But, as the saying goes, “Sunday’s coming!”
Today, you are experiencing a Friday. Your Friday is what happened in the last few weeks and last night in the tragic loss. But Sunday is coming!
Jesus completed the excruciating task of giving up his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. It was his faith and belief in his heavenly Father, that gave him the grace and peace to submit to Friday. While death had seemingly won, Jesus knew better. When he said, “It is finished,” it wasn’t meant to be a statement of concession. It was a declaration that a new day was on the way.
Friday is finished. Sunday is coming. Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday.
You know one of my favorite sayings is “God doesn’t close one door without opening another, but it can be hell in the hallway.” My sister Hillary. You, our nation, our world is experiencing a black Friday. Our hope is that Sunday is coming. But it might well be hell for a while.
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