Small acts of defiant hope


The internet is awash with responses to the election of Donald Trump as 45th president of the United States.  Like many, I felt my heart break when I woke up to the news on Tuesday morning. Waves of hopelessness, fear and anger have hit me again and again as I try and process the implications of a world leader who thinks climate change is a hoax and has talked of withdrawing from international efforts at damage limitation, who has a well-documented fascination with nuclear weaponry and who has no understanding of the need for alliances, mutually beneficial partnerships and international collaboration and cooperation, who despises the weak, exploits the poor and has no regard for truth. The worst thing is the sense of powerlessness I feel. I keep looking at my little girls and thinking, ‘I can do nothing to protect you.’

So instead of sinking into despair, I am doing small acts of defiant hope. I am choosing to make tiny gestures that say, ‘I believe this is not the end of the story for our planet. I believe there is still beauty, goodness, kindness and truth in the world. I believe God is good and he loves us.’

I’ve started using the green bin for my food waste again (It had gotten so slimy and disgusting that I gave up).

I’ve been telling anyone speaking English with an accent that I am really glad they are in England

I took a travel mug to a conference I went to on Saturday so I wouldn’t have to use their disposable cups for my coffee

I’ve been signing all kinds of online petitions and sharing articles I judge to be well-reasoned and realistically positive

I’ve been reading a Psalm a day with the girls over breakfast, and we’ve talked about how we can tell God exactly how we feel. As Charis said, ‘God, what are you doing? Where are you, because I can’t see you and that makes me angry.’

There might come time for something more than small gestures. But for now, these feel better than nothing.

What are your small acts of defiant hope?

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2 thoughts on “Small acts of defiant hope”

  1. Kemi says:

    Love this. Thank you x

  2. John says:

    Hi Jo,

    Let me first state where I come from. First, I love my Lord Jesus will all my heart and though I’m broken I know through His unconditional love forgives me through His precious blood. Second, I know the pain that you have been through as I suffer from an anxiety disorder, O.C.D, and have experienced a number of clinical depressions because of it. I’m on anti depressants and probably will be for the remainder of my life. These periods have being both the worst and best times of my life. While it’s brought me to my knees in anguish and tears, it has also, and more wonderfully, brought me closer to my Father and His love, as I know he absolutely hates what I’m going through even more than I do, yet at the same time reminds me I need to rely on His sovereign love. Consequently, I’ve prayed for you a number of times, knowing how difficult it has been for you.

    I have to admit though that the reason I’m writing is your article on Donald Trump. I personally say that both Trump and Clinton would probably go down as the two worst candidates ever to stand for public office, period. We know about Trumps background, but if you have ever checked, Clinton’s is far worse. But, I’m not here to debate their personalities or their track record, but what Trump might bring to the Presidency. Firstly we have to remind ourselves God is sovereign, HE places rulers over us and brings them down. Therefore Trump, through God’s sovereignty, has been appointed. Secondly, Mike Pence the elect Vice President is a born again evangelical Christian, therefore his influence, through the Holy Spirit, will have some effect, prayerfully a lot, over many decisions. (Google his name and look at you tube.) Thirdly, prayers, which Obama stopped, will begin again in Parliament as Trump said during the election and fourthly, Trump, probably because of Mike Pence’s influence, wants to tighten the rules on abortion. The other thing we have to remember is that the vast majority of Christians in the United States voted for Trump, probably for the reasons stated above!

    Yes, there is much to dislike about Trump and humanly speaking I don’t think he is fit for office, but God is sovereign and Trump is or has been allowed to become president. Therefore as we trust our Lord through our personal difficult times, let us continue to do so now, and of course we need to pray.

    God bless you and your whole family.


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