A letter to the people of the United Kingdom
You may wonder why I am calling you a Friend, if we have never met before, but I believe we are only strangers if we choose to be. Welcome to my little place on the internet.
In the wake of what has happened in our country over the last few months, intensified in the last couple of weeks, I wanted to write a letter to each of you, but, as there is over 65,000,000 of us, it may take me some time. In consideration of this, I thought this blog post had a greater chance of being seen by you 🙂
We have been through a lot in a short space of time haven’t we? I feel quite weary from it all, and I know others who feel the same.
We stood together in grief, as one of our own who chose to serve her community and country in love was killed by hate, highlighting not only something that we can’t afford to ignore, but also reminding us how we can come together in tragedy and painful times, arm in arm in solidarity to face the very things that make us feel afraid and challenge us to do better.
We watched our country became increasingly fragmented as we considered our vote in the run-up to the EU Referendum. A lack of facts to help us make an informed decision often left us feeling bewildered as the polling day got closer.
Whether you are happy with the referendum result or not, in the aftermath it’s certainly something we need to examine carefully, as sadly it often brought out our worst behaviour in how we treat one another and many unsettling issues in how political campaigning is carried out.
We observe political party infighting, resignations, and current leadership challenges. We see the results of anger, disillusionment, finger pointing and painful accusations in heated debates, articles, and mass media coverage, controversial slogans and sound bites, and the fallout from spreading fear and lies.
One of the sad outcomes of the EU Referendum is the sense of hopelessness some people feel, fearful for the many what ifs, as the process of Brexit seems like it will take years to complete.
Our country feels like it’s been left in tatters, divided after a hard battle, as a lengthy divorce in political unity with our neighbours begins to take place.
Our United Kingdom doesn’t feel very united anymore and that makes me feel saddest of all.
We are left with questions of the unknown of how this impacts our today and our tomorrows, as we wonder what the way forward actually is.
We are asked what we want our country to be and decide what we value, but when we are in shock and emotionally upset as many are, we need time to process what has and is happening. I believe we need a ‘time out’ to find common ground again, to work towards healing broken relationships and start to deal with the problems we have. In a typically British way, shall I put the kettle on? Saying sorry and offering forgiveness is a good place to start.
I don’t have any answers to the mess we are in, I am not an expert in these matters, but I do know we work better together in unity, taking the time to listen to each other. Turning our backs on one another doesn’t solve anything, as it just creates an atmosphere of distrust, suspicion and increased isolation, where weeds of prejudice, discrimination, and hated can grow
We can’t change what happened in the past, but we can learn from it, adapt accordingly, challenge the things that are bad for our society, and make a positive difference to our future and for future generations.
Politically we may not agree what the best way forward is, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together to build a country that treats one another with respect, compassion and kindness.
We need time to come to terms with the big challenges our country is facing, in order to work out the next steps together. As I think about how hard it must be for our leaders to work out how to make the necessary changes in the turmoil, I am certain we can’t leave it to someone else to do; each of us has a part to play. We need to have calm discussions to see how we can be a country to be proud of; taking care of those who are in need of help, show love in our words and actions, work to see the best in each other, and put people before ego. We can do this in our everyday, ordinary lives.
I believe each of us needs to take a more active part in shaping our country’s values and policies, to be the change we so desperately need. We may have weaknesses but we also have strengths too!
So I hold out my hand to you today and ask will you join me in standing side by side, as we aim to serve one another in love, starting from common ground of wanting the best for our country and taking an active part in working to make the world a better place?
As a Christian, I will be praying about what I can do. What can you do to make a positive difference today?
Yours, in hopeful anticipation
Update: If you would like to join us for 31 days of prayer for the UK, starting on the 1st July, please see – Praying for the UK after the EU Referendum for more information.
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