Today is the final day of questioning for Judge Neil Gorsuch in his nomination process to become the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
Just as in the previous three days of the committee hearing, your Faith & Action ministry team was in the room and busy praying for Judge Gorsuch, his family, and all those involved in the nomination process.
The role of being a nominee for the High Court is not for the faint of heart, and Judge Gorsuch once again showed his trademark resiliency and calmness while being barraged with intense questioning and harsh scrutiny and criticism by some of the Senate Judiciary Committee members. And one thing our team noted was that Mrs. Gorsuch showed that same calm spirit and even a sense of warmth while her husband received seemingly unfair criticisms for his commitment to stay true to the letter of the law.
There was no place we would have rather been than on our spiritual knees interceding on behalf of this judge and his family as they underwent what most Supreme Court nominees face in this process – a critique by strangers of their entire life; including people they have known and studied with as well as the many cases they have judged in their career. And, like so often before in other nomination processes, a minute number of cases are honed in on while a vast majority of cases go unrecognized. Sadly, and without a doubt, both parties often turn the nomination process into a political evaluation versus a true critique of the judge’s experience and ability to be a Supreme Court Justice.
So how does a judge make it through this grueling process and live to tell about it? Judge Gorsuch offered a glimpse as to his ability to endure the difficulty while keeping a peaceful demeanor. While thanking his wife of 20 years and his parents and family, an emotional Gorsuch talked about his Christian faith and said, “You’re never closer to God than when you are in the wilderness.”
Please continue to pray for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for the entire U.S. Senate who will be voting on this nominee sometime before Congress takes their Easter recess on April 8th.
Though the interview portion is done, the nomination process continues. Can we count on you to continue to walk alongside us as we pray and minister to the judicial nominee and his family as well to all the Senate Committee members?
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The Supreme Court is one of Faith & Action’s most unique and private personal ministry outreaches. Much of what we do is confidential – but in this very public nomination, it is our privilege to come alongside all those who are part of this important process by praying and offering our ministerial support to those who may need spiritual refreshing and comfort.
Thank you for enabling us to minister to the Supreme Court nominee and his family. Please keep Judge Gorsuch and the entire Senate in your prayers as they prepare for the final vote.
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations