Dear Father, Eric Schneiderman, 63, was the Attorney General of New York from 2010 until today. A liberal and progressive Democrat, Eric has been a vocal supporter of women’s rights and the #MeToo movement, the movement to create awareness of sexual and physical abuse against women by men. Divorced from his wife Jennifer Cunningham, Eric was a leading voice calling for the prosecution of the notorious Harvey Weinstein. Eric was forced to resign from office today because four women have come forward, in an article in The New Yorker, sharing details of how Eric was physically, emotionally, and sexually violent towards them. The four women expressed their anger for his public persona as a champion for the protection of women while privately he behaved quite differently. The women, two of whom were willing to reveal their identities, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, shared the details of their experiences with Eric in the article. They described Eric’s behavior as often being fueled by alcohol. It has been reported that prosecutors are considering charges against Eric. Father, I thank You for this news story in that the story calls us all to integrity. We cannot be two-faced. We cannot have a set of behaviors in public that are different than our behaviors in private. We need to live our private lives with the same good character that we seek to convey to the public. Father, I ask once more that Americans across the country increasingly appreciate the value of good character. As more and more celebrities and public officials are disgraced by scandal, may there be a growing mindset in the population that we need to re-examine the importance of good character. May there be a movement of people who choose character over policy. What good is a political official’s promise to fight injustice if that official is deceitful? Father, I ask for the emotional healing of the four women whose stories were reported in The New Yorker. May Your grace fall upon them. Lead them into deeper relationships with You. May they find peace and joy as they discover the deep love You have for them. I also pray for Eric Schneiderman. May this public embarrassment lead to his spiritual transformation. May he call out to You. Hear his cry and rescue him spiritually. Lead him to a place where he encounters Your love so overwhelmingly that he longs to love others in Your name. Amen.
Dear Father, John McCain, the U.S. Senator from Arizona and the 2008 Republican candidate for President of the United States, is dying of a brain tumor. McCain, who has been a public figure since his days as a military hero in Vietnam, is reported to be planning his state funeral. McCain remains bitter after President Donald Trump publicly categorized McCain’s survival in a prisoner-of-war camp in Vietnam as being less than heroic. Therefore, John has made it clear he does not want Trump to attend his funeral. He is asking Vice President Pence to represent the White House at his funeral. Father, I ask for Your grace, kindness, compassion, and mercy to flow into John McCain’s life today. Help him as he battles the brain cancer. May his final days be as painless as possible. May he be able to communicate with his loved ones until the very end. Lead him to faith in Jesus Christ before he cannot process his spiritual condition any further. I pray that You have brought godly people into his life at this critical hour. However, I also ask John to be freed from bitterness against President Trump. While I do not support President Trump’s questioning of John’s heroic survival in the Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp, I do know bitterness is itself a prison for our hearts. Forgiveness for Trump will make McCain’s last days easier for him. I certainly support McCain’s right to choose for Trump to not come to his funeral. I ask that You will move President Trump to express his regret for his comments. However, at the same time, I also know how wonderful it would be if John McCain would change his mind and invite President Trump, showing the entire American population the power of forgiveness. Father, I ask for the impossible here, knowing You can warm two people’s hearts for the sake of redeeming an entire nation. Amen.