Fourteen years ago when I was baptized here at Luther Place, I did not know what kind of community Luther Place was. Now that I am old enough to understand, I see that Luther Place is very special, and I am happy to be a part of it. Luther Place welcomes and accepts everyone, runs a homeless shelter and N Street Village, has sermons about current events that sometimes question leaders in our country, and has a lot of kids my age learning about faith and God through the StLuthRef youth group.
When I think about Hope, I think about two things: First, this year’s youth group theme was about being an anchor for others. We have discovered how God is an anchor for all of us in life. God helps us when we are lost. There is a quote I like from Hebrews 6:19, that says “Hope anchors the soul.” I like this quote because if hope anchors the soul, and God is an anchor for us all, then God is hope, and having God in your life will give you hope for the future. Second, Luther Place always fights for people who need help. I have learned that we should question our leaders and speak up for people who need help. God wants us all to be treated right. In Star Wars: Rogue One, the young Jedi, Jyn Erso, says when things are not looking good and she is trying to rally her comrades that ”We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope.” I like the idea that there can be hope just by standing up for others and against what is wrong.
Sometimes it is hard to be 14 and to have to do all the things I am supposed to do. But I am thankful to be a part of Luther Place. I am hopeful about my life and thankful for Pastor Karen, Krista, and Justin and my parents for having me baptized and confirmed here.