Hope needs wings to get to where it needs to go. This design was inspired by that—by a very specific story actually. People need a lot of practical, tangible things, but among the intangible ones that those things represent is hope.
Have you ever read something that stuck with you—like sucker-punch stuck with you? If ever there was a perfect lyrical illustration that parallels a person’s life, I think this story about “O” and the words from the song, “I Dreamed a Dream” seem a heartbreaking match.
Stories like this can feel…hopeless. Can anything be done? Anything—useful enough, quickly enough to matter? I don’t have that answer. I love a quote by Makoto Fujimura in which he states “The arts present the most powerful way of ‘nonviolent resistance.'” I suppose it’s a comfort of sorts on the days when it’s incredibly clear that what I do isn’t exactly curing any diseases or saving anyone from human trafficking. (If you’re an artist in need of encouragement, I highly recommend this post by Jon Acuff about God’s love letter to artists.)
You and I alone cannot change the world. We can commit to trying to influence it though. You can learn more about The Exodus Road and their commitment to pushing back against trafficking here and donate here. I don’t know what will become of “O,” but I pray that hopes finds her and the ones she loves.