by Anna Giaritelli | Aug 10, 2017, 4:10
Hillary Clinton's pastoral adviser urged her to keep her head up following her unexpected Election Day loss in November and compared the election to Good Friday, the day Jesus was crucified.
"It is Friday, but Sunday is coming ... 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," wrote United Methodist City Society Executive Director the Rev. Bill Shillady in an email to Clinton obtained by CNN. "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!'"
Shillady has maintained a pastoral relationship with the Clinton family for years.
"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," Shillady explained, according to CNN's report of the message.
"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 fell (sic) good about Friday and their circumstances," Shillady added, comparing Clinton's return possible return to politics to Jesus Christ's resurrection.
"Sunday is coming. Death will be shattered. Hope will be restored. But first, we must live through the darkness and seeming hopelessness of Friday," Shillady finished. "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."
Shillady co-officiated Chelsea Clinton's wedding to Marc Mesvinsky in July 2010 and led the memorial service for Hillary Clinton's mother, Dorothy Rodham.