The EFM Feature

Just a quick note to say hello to you all, on the first day of what promises to be a very exciting year. In a way, the past several days seem like the quiet before the storm. While everyone was hunkered down with Christmas presents and boiled custard–rightfully ignoring the internet–Governor Romney probably was doing the same…except that he had a few things to discuss with his family.
If reports are to be believed, this week will mark the beginning of Gov. Romney’s presidential preparations. And, since it’s January 1st, it might be fitting to add one more thing to that list of resolutions tucked in your mind.
1 Timothy 2: 1-2 reminds us to pray for our leaders, so it certainly seems right to pray for our candidates:

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

And so, please pray for Gov. Romney, his family, and his staff. They’ll be making tough choices under a national–and often unforgiving–spotlight. And while you’re at it, you might as well add Sen. McCain, Gov. Huckabee, Sen. Clinton, and Sen. Obama to your list. After all, 2008 is not far off in the world of politics. But in the real world of these candidates, 2008 will be a long time coming. I’m sure they all need a little strength to be decent in their quest to serve, courageous in our resolve to lead, and gracious in their struggle to find the correct course.
For us, 2007 will be politically fascinating. To these politicians, it will be life-changing, emotional, and morally challenging. Let’s resolve to keep all of them in our prayers…with more dedication than my resolve to get to the gym every weekday in 2006.
CHARLES adds: Amen, Nancy. Mayor Giuliani, too.

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