By Annemarie Wachter, Marianne Wright, Erna Albertz
Even though 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 as a substitute to precise her religion in useful gestures of affection. a happy and full of life lady, she touched the lives of hundreds of thousands with deeds of generosity, kindness, and encouragement. Few who knew her as an grownup may have well-known her because the teen 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 do not believe in him...this internal loneliness is the worst factor there's, occasionally it will possibly kill you." This booklet is the tale, advised in Annemarie's personal phrases, of her course from doubt and depression to a lifetime of function, religion, and pleasure. Annemarie used to be set in this direction while she answered 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 may perhaps commit herself thoroughly to practising 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 great to grasp that one doesn't need to squander one's existence, one doesn't have to ask anymore what existence is absolutely for, what its objective is."
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Then each one continues on her own way. That evening was a resting point like that. I do not know how this will go on. I can’t help it, but sometimes I just can’t figure her out. That was our last night in Hamburg. I felt very uncomfortable there. I had the feeling, what are you actually doing here? You don’t belong here. It seemed to me as if the business at the Stock Exchange was what constituted the nature of Hamburg. I was very glad when we left next morning. I could not live there. I wouldn’t even like to be there for a month.
It is an art form that, to a certain extent, is possible for everyone. It is simple and natural. But more important is the power of song to bind people together in an expression of their common longing and their common experience. Music joins people more closely than any other art form or anything else can. In singing together, people sway in rhythm and barriers between them fall. It is similar with the folk dance. In dancing, the rhythm is the most powerful force. Dance is worship; it is liberation and surrender to life.
As she later explained: When I was thirteen I knew for the first time what I wanted to become. That summer my married cousin came for a visit with her baby and stayed the whole summer. The little girl was less than a year old and still very uncoordinated, but it was my greatest delight to take care of her. As soon as I had even a moment of free time, I spent it with her and cared for her, played with her, and took her for walks or did anything else I could for her. I neglected everything else for this: school work, practicing violin, playmates, visitors of my own age who came to us – all so I could be with this little girl.