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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 identified for her dislike of spiritual speech and pious utterances, who prefer in its place to specific her religion in functional gestures of affection. a happy and full of life girl, she touched the lives of hundreds of thousands with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup might 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 understand no matter if i feel in him or do not believe in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it will probably kill you." This publication is the tale, advised in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and depression to a lifetime of objective, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie was once set in this course while she replied to a choice from God so powerful and direct that it abolished all her doubts. This name led her to a existence in Christian neighborhood the place she may perhaps commit herself thoroughly to practicing 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 truly is extraordinary to understand that one doesn't need to squander one's existence, one doesn't have to ask anymore what lifestyles is de facto for, what its goal is."

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Then we immediately prepared a lovely supper and ate in great leisure. Next morning the weather was again beautiful. We got up shortly before 7:00, made a fire, and went into the garden to take our early exercise. After we had tidied up the house, we armed ourselves with deck chairs, blankets, pillows, straw hats, and books and stretched out in the sun. We lay thus for about two hours and were about to prepare our lunch when the others appeared. We had been quietly hoping that they wouldn’t come at all since it was so pleasant to be just three.

The big boiler was heated, the washtub rolled outside into the sun, and then we were out on our knees washing. I can assure you that it absolutely radiated whiteness (the laundry, I mean). By midday everything was hanging on the line, which was good, because just then Emi-Margret appeared with visitors from her home. They were on a trip with the older school children from the Sparhof and came to visit her, ten of them in all. We served them semolina pudding and then they rested for quite a while in the garden before hiking on.

What attracted us in these symbols is the community of people who helped in the construction and together adored their God. In addition, we feel an affinity to their striving toward the eternal, their search for the transcendent. In the Gothic altarpieces we see the essence of art – not something to be copied but something that symbolically brings inner powers to expression. The characters on the gilded background contain something unearthly and holy; they are lifted above the world. So the Youth Movement must feel drawn to them, because it rose from the longing to flee the utilitarian, earthly life and discover again the powers in man that are beyond the rational.

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