I am participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2018 (all of my submissions can be found here).
Today’s prompt is: ASK
One question never should have been asked when President Trump met with Andrew Brunson, a minister who had been back in the country for an hour (or so — not exact) after being released from a Turkish prison.
The meeting was going exceptionally well, in my opinion, compared to other press events. I was lulled into a false sense of security by the president talking about how it had taken a bipartisan effort to secure Brunson’s release (I’m a big fan of bipartisan efforts).
President Trump asked Norine Brunson who she had voted for.
Growing up, I was mystified by the fact that my mother would never discuss who she had voted for. Maybe it’s why I have, to an extent, been the opposite kind of parent. I wouldn’t demand my kids vote for any specific candidate, but I would strongly encourage them to vote, and to ask ALL the questions they needed to in order to make the right choice for them.
But (and I know at this point in our national history, this is a pipe dream), the president should just be glad a citizen has been returned to safety.
I love how Brunson, though, did something that was probably equally as unexpected before Trump asked Norine Brunson who she had voted for: he asked if he could pray for Trump.
At first, I thought it may be a sort of cerebral, politically correct, sterile prayer.
***end of five minutes***
But it most certainly was not!
Before I knew it, Brunson was down on his knees, his hand on Trump’s shoulder, asking God to give him wisdom.
Brunson knows a few things about the power of asking. On his and his wife’s Facebook page, there is a picture of this entire Brazilian congregation, which had gathered to pray for his release.
Maybe these Brazilians could tackle the topic of wisdom about when to keep quiet and how to govern for our president next.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.