Crist at the Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Fort Lauderdale in May.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida’s governor, Charlie Crist, says he has found the answer to a problem plaguing his state for decades: how to avoid hurricane damage. Addressing an assembly of Florida’s real-estate agents over the weekend, the governor, a devout Methodist, said that since 2007, he has been making annual pilgrimages to Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, where he places a note begging the Almighty to spare the Sunshine State. As a result, he claimed, God’s been good to Florida for the last few years.

But what if the governor, a busy man, can’t make the trip? No problem, said Crist: last year, he sent Florida State Senator Nan Rich on his behalf, giving her, he added, not only his note but also specific instructions on how to place it in the wall. Crist was even kind enough to share the exact wording of his notes to heaven. “Dear God,” they read, “please protect our Florida from storms and other difficulties. Charlie.” Amen.

Is God Protecting Fla. at Gov. Crist’s Request? [AP/Miami Herald]