Anni. Letters and Writings of Annemarie Wächter by Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz

By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz

Even supposing she was once for a few years the spouse of a pastor, Annemarie Waechter Arnold used to be recognized for her dislike of non secular speech and pious utterances, who prefer as an alternative to specific her religion in sensible gestures of affection. a happy and vigorous lady, she touched the lives of millions with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup could have well-known her because the youngster who wrote in her diary: "There is just not anything in me, i'm not anything, i've got no opinion, no conviction, no path, no nothing...what is God? i do not be aware of even if i think in him or don't think in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it may well kill you." This ebook is the tale, instructed in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her direction from doubt and depression to a lifetime of function, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie was once set in this direction whilst she replied to a decision from God so powerful and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a existence in Christian group the place she might devote herself thoroughly to training God's coming nation of justice and love. As she wrote, "It is infinitely reassuring to grasp that there's an absolute fact, an infinitely nice love. it really is very good to understand that one doesn't need to squander one's lifestyles, one doesn't have to ask anymore what lifestyles is basically for, what its objective is."

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The following year too, when the little girl was older, and later, when a little brother came along, my wish remained the same. I drifted a little from this idea in the ninth and tenth grades, but by the time I finished preparatory school I knew clearly that I wanted to become a Youth Director in a school or kindergarten. To prepare herself for this, Anni enrolled in the Soziale Frauenschule, a women’s college in Thale. Founded in the years following World War I by Maria Keller, who remained the school’s guiding spirit and its beloved Frau Direktorin, the college offered trainings that would enable young women to provide for themselves and contribute to society.

I could not live there. I wouldn’t even like to be there for a month. The sea had a freeing effect after this constricted feeling. The ocean altogether is something so magnificent and powerful that it makes you forget everything petty and technical. There is such power in this element that you wonder that it does not simply crush such a wretched little human ship to pieces and throw it out. I 31 a n n i did not have the impression that the ocean consisted of water, but that it was a being with countless forms that enjoys changing itself every moment and showing its power in doing so.

What to do? We had no tire cement, so at first I just kept cycling with a flat tire. Luckily we soon met a car that was carrying a bicycle with a side-bag of tools, and we asked the man whether he had any tire cement. He was terribly nice and immediately mended my tire properly. It was a delightful feeling to sit on an intact bike again. This time I’ve managed to unpack all my news. Many warm greetings and a cheery little Whitsun kiss, your Anni Are you going to decorate the house with birch branches again?

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