Tim Pawlenty’s Courage to Stand 8: Roots

In my latest reading of Tim Pawlenty’s Courage to Stand, Pawlenty talks about his difficult 2006 bid for re-election as Governor of Minnesota (in a time when Republicans were particularly unpopular nationwide), and how he and others dealt with the tragedies of a collapsing bridge and a flood.

I especially liked something that Pawlenty said on page 215 about when his race for Governor got tough: “And we went to Holy Trinity in South St. Paul, to sit still for a while and to pray.  We know that God is happy to meet us anywhere, but on that day I felt like I needed that connection to my roots.  The church was quiet, and someone turned on a few soft lights.  As we left the church, we were fully prepared for any outcome.”

Pawlenty was raised a Catholic, but he later went to an evangelical church with his wife Mary.  But, when he was experiencing a difficult race for Governor, he felt a need to re-connect with his Catholic roots, not so much because he thought God would help him to win if he prayed, but more because he wanted God to be with him, whatever the outcome might be.

There’s something special about re-connecting with one’s roots.  I currently do not really observe the seventh-day Sabbath and the annual holy days, for I do on those days what I do on other days: I read, I study, and I blog.  But there may come a time when I will re-connect more with my roots—-a time when things were simpler (or so they seemed).

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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