Today is a momentous day; a day which will go down forever in history. It will one day be taught in schools as part of our national story. And yet there is a four letter word going round.
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.'” – 1 Peter 3:13-14 NIVUK
Of course, for my own reasons, I am dissapointed that the UK voted to leave. I honestly and whole heartedly believe we are better within the EU, not least because I feel it is how we best serve our little part of the world. But, as I said at the beginning, this is a momentous day. It is a day the full implications of which will not be seen for years to come.
Today I am choosing hope.
I hope that our elected government helps to build a society which protects the vulnerable and needy, whether in our country or elsewhere in the world. I hope we strengthen our global voice and take a stand on world affairs and issues of inequality. I hope we become a beacon for democracy. I hope we continue to embrace our wonderfully diverse multi-national country. I hope for good times, regardless of today’s outcome.
Choose hope, not fear. For we still have “far more in common, than that which divides us.” (Jo Cox, 2016)