Read The Email That Hillary Clinton's Pastor Sent Her The Day After Her Loss

It was an optimistic message. Now, Clinton is reportedly considering preaching herself.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's emails have been the focal point of controversy before, but this one is unlikely to get her into any trouble.

A report issued by CNN on Friday disclosed an email sent to Clinton by her pastor, Rev. Bill Shillady. The email is an interesting look into the support Clinton was getting in the wake of her surprising 2016 election defeat.

"This is not the devotional I had hoped to write," Shillady wrote. "This is not the devotional you wish to receive this day."

He goes on to draw a metaphor between Clinton's loss in the election, which most prediction markets did not expect, to Good Friday, also a day in which "things fell apart."

"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.'" he wrote. " My sister Hillary. You, our nation, our world is experiencing a black Friday. Our hope is that Sunday is coming."


As it turns out, Rev. Shillady's words and even the existence of the letter — published in full below — are more relevant today than ever. 

As reported by The Atlantic, During a photos hoot for Shillady's new book, Clinton reportedly told him that she is hoping to preach in her new post-election life. Several news outlets have reported that Clinton's religion and faith have played a huge role in her life since losing the election and that she is planning to more publicly display that faith. 

"I think she would be a terrific preacher," Shillady told The New Observer. "She knows her Bible, and she loves people and she loves God."

Shillady's book of devotionals, entitled Strong for a Moment Like This, is expected to come out this fall around the same time that Clinton's tell-all on the election, What Happened will be released. Clinton grew up attending the First United Methodist Church in Illinois and has even contemplated becoming an ordained minister. During her run for president, Shillady would send her a daily devotional.

After her devastating defeat, Clinton gave an emotional concession speech that was reportedly delayed because she was so frustrated by her loss. During her speech, she repeated one of the devotionals that Shillady had sent her a few weeks before:

"Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart," it read.

You can read Shillady's email in full below:

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.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Evan El-Amin


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