Thursday July 12, 2018

Sunday July 8, 2018
July 8, 2018
Monday July 16, 2018
July 16, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh

Dear Father, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, has been nominated by President Trump to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Brett is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His mother was a Maryland Circuit Court Judge for six years. He worked for Ken Starr, helping to prepare the Starr Report that called for the impeachment of President Clinton. He was a key player in the court decisions that led to George W. Bush winning Florida and the presidency in 2001. He was the White House Staff Secretary under President George W. Bush. It took three years for the senate to approve his nomination, by President Bush, to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was accused by Democrat Senators Patrick Leahy and Dick Durbin of lying during the hearings about his nomination. His conservative decisions in cases about abortion, the Affordable Care Act, free speech, gun control, and net neutrality are certainly going to be scrutinized in the next few months. He wrote an article expressing his belief a President should not be investigated for civil or criminal matters while they are in office, an opinion that is in disagreement with the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Justice Elena Kagan, a liberal on the Supreme Court, hired Brett as a professor at Harvard Law School. Brett also teaches at Yale. He is an avid runner, a devoted Roman Catholic, and a dedicated volunteer at homeless shelters.  Father, if it is Your will that Brett Kavanaugh serves as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, I ask that You will help him navigate through all the hearings and to be confirmed by majority vote of the U.S. Senate.  If it is not Your will, I pray You will lead the Senate to vote against him.  In either case, I ask that whomever is approved for this Supreme Court seat will make decisions in favor of the work of Your church.  May their decisions empower Your church to show the love of Christ to a world desperate for hope.  Father, I thank You for the few minutes our country can take notice of Brett’s commitment to serve the homeless.  May the discussion of his charity work lead others to get involved, helping the needy in their communities.  Father, meet this man’s needs today, whatever they may be.  Give him many reasons to thank You.  Give him wisdom and insight.  Protect him from those who would do him harm.  Draw him into an even deeper and closer relationship with You.  May he experience Your comfort, peace, and perseverance as those who oppose his nomination will seek to destroy his character and reputation in the weeks and months ahead.  Amen

“Elliott” Whitaker

Dear Father, Kylen and Leigh Whitaker of Warren County, Ohio gave their newborn daughter the name of Heidi. Years later, Heidi wants to be known as a boy named “Elliott”. After receiving counseling at the Transgender Clinic at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the family is moving forward with their child’s gender identity change. In what was expected to be a routine formality, they approached Judge Joseph Kirby and requested the authorization for Heidi to use the name “Elliott” on all legal documents. The judge unexpectedly denied the parent’s request, stating the child must wait till the age of 18 to seek their name change. The parents are taking the matter to the 12th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Father, may Your will be done with respect to “Elliott’s” desire to change his legal gender identity to male.  More importantly, I ask that You will demonstrate Your incredible love to Kylen, Leigh, and “Elliott”.  Work in their hearts and minds and help them to see and understand the incredible true story of what Jesus Christ did for this family because of His deep love for them.  Transform the beliefs of this family so that their primary objective is to tell others about Your amazing love.  Father, heal any scars and free them from any deception that may lead them away for You.  Give the parent’s the mind of God and may they counsel their child accordingly.  Father, give “Elliott” a dynamic testimony of your transforming grace that inspires many in years to come.  Amen.

Wolf Blitzer

Dear Father, Wolf Blitzer, 70, is a well-known and award-winning author, journalist, reporter, and television news anchor employed by CNN. Born in Augsburg, Germany to Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, Wolf grew up in the Buffalo, NY area. He earned a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He spent the early years of his career as a reporter in Israel. He became famous for his reporting of the Jonathan Pollard spy trial. He is now the lead political anchor on CNN.  Father, You created Wolf.  You deeply love him.  You want to have a relationship with him.  Father, make that happen.  Bring Wolf into the family of those who have surrendered their lives to You.  Meet his every need and may he understand it is You who are taking care of it.  Father, may we hear in the coming years how You transformed his heart and mind.  Teach him Your truths that he will then share with all of us and we will learn from him.  Amen.

Trump in Europe

Dear Father, after announcing on Monday the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Trump flew over to Europe. Confronting his allies in a similar manner as he did at the G7 Summit in Canada, Trump ruffled feathers during his meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels, demanding that NATO members increase their defense spending. He was particularly critical of Angela Merkel and Germany. It has been reported that the allies did agree to a plan for mutual defense against Russia and terrorists. He is scheduled to meet today with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth in London before visiting Scotland. Theresa May has experienced political difficulties related to Brexit, the British exit from the European Union. Her Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, a Brexit supporter whose political brashness is similar to Donald Trump’s style, recently resigned in protest to May’s recently announced half-hearted Brexit strategy that proposed strong ties to the EU. Trump, who has not expressed much support for Theresa, has requested to meet with Boris while in England. Given Brexit, May needs the support of the United States and, therefore, will be inclined to follow Trump’s call for the country to spend more on NATO and/or side with Trump foreign policy.  Father, I ask that You will watch over the alliances between countries that have been allies for decades.  Keep them strong.  Give the leaders that diplomatic skills to forge stronger ties.  May whatever discussions these nations have lead to the advancement of Your church in every country in Europe and in the United States.  The advancement of Your church is Your ultimate objective in international relations.  Father, be very present in the room as these leaders talk. Amen.