Friday, January 25, 2008
Thirty-nine years ago today (January 25, 1969) we were married at Wooddale Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota (old location on Nicolette). What a journey! Three sons, two daughters-in-law, 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren. A treasury of friends from each of our stops on the pilgrimage: Illinois, New Jersey, Ontario, Wisconsin, Texas (not to mention our home-bases of Minnesota and California). We have found Christ’s presence in the delight and pain of serving the Church: Countryside Chapel, First Presbyterian Church, MorningStar Christian Church, Central Christian Church. A wealth of adventures and experiences have shaped our relationship from Marriage Encounters in Illinois and New Jersey to life in the L’Arche Daybreak community to friendship with the Bruderhof community. We give thanks for the models and inspiration of our parents’ marriages and the memories of Candy’s mother, Roma Miller, and Norm’s father, Harold Stolpe. Though dramatically imperfect, we have received the great grace of being called to live our marriage as an icon of Christ’s covenant love for the community of faith, albeit through a glass dimly.