CNN has published the email Hillary Clinton’s pastor sent her the morning after the 2016 presidential election was called in Donald Trump’s favor.
It is being released as part of a promotion for the forthcoming book titled ‘Strong for a Moment Like This’ which is a collection of daily devotionals Rev. Bill Shillady had sent to Clinton during the campaign.
His November 9 letter says, “This is not the devotional I had hoped to write. This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day.”
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He then talks about Good Friday which “represented the day that everything fell apart. All was lost.”
Shillady later adds, “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!”
He ends by saying, “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.”
The letter is one of 635 devotionals Shillady sent Clinton; according to a recent McClatchy piece, “Beginning April 6, 2015, Shillady would start each day by looking at news headlines and finding a Bible verse appropriate to what was happening in the world or in Clinton’s life. He would write a short meditation on the verse, offer a prayer and email the devotional to Clinton by 5 a.m.”
The final one was sent on the last day of 2016.
According to Shillady, it was Clinton’s idea to release the book which includes 365 messages and a foreword written by her. He also said she indicated a desire to “do some preaching.”
While her plans around this are unknown, Clinton, who grew up a Methodist, has reportedly long considered becoming a minister. However, The Atlantic notes that she rarely talked openly about her religious beliefs due to criticisms she received early on.