In her own words: Hannah Turner
Editor’s note: Ninth-grade confirmation students are sharing their faith stories on Sunday mornings, as they wrap up their two-year confirmation journey. Hannah Turner is a ninth-grader at Davenport Central High School.
When I think about faith or God, I think of prayer. There is one prayer that I’ve known my whole life.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Thy kingdom come…
I don’t know what God’s Kingdom looks like, but I know I see it some days more than others. I see it in my grandpa’s generosity or my sister’s caringness. I see it in people wearing masks to protect each other, or at the foodbank where people give what they can to others who need it. When finished, God’s kingdom will be inclusive and a place without violence, selfishness, fighting, or hopelessness. It will be a place of forgiveness and kindness, full of goodness and love.
Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
God wants us to honor Go and to love my neighbors as I love myself. All of you are my neighbor, my classmates are my neighbor, even the ones that are hard to get along with.
Give us this day our daily bread.
God gives me everything I need. God gives me food, water, love, a home, a family, and more. Even though I don’t always get what I want, God gives me what I need.
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
None of us are perfect. I know that I’m not, and I know you’re not either. But there’s nothing we can do that God can’t forgive. When my friends make plans without me, I feel left out, but forgiving them for hurting my feelings helps me be a good friend. Just like when I do something to hurt God’s feelings, God forgives me to stay my friend.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
I know that life has pain, like a parents’ divorce that was hard, my sister’s very good friend took her own life. Life has pain in it, and I trust that God will be with me in my pain.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.
I know that I’m named after Hannah in the bible. She has an incredible story. God’s worked on hers for a very long time. I don’t know what God has in store for me yet, but whatever lies ahead, I know God’s creating God’s kingdom in small or big ways. God’s glory will be revealed.
Thank you for letting me share my faith story.
Joshua 1:9 “I hereby command you; Be strong and courageous, do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”