By Harry Loewen
Historical figures come to existence in those tales that lie in the back of the extra formal money owed of Anabaptist/Mennonite historical past and existence from the 1500s in the course of the current. Flight, migration, intrigue, sensible jokes, spats over wigs, shunning, kidnapping, combating Indians, romance-all are a part of this mosaic of Anabaptist/Mennonite historical past. (224pp. illus. bring in Press, 1993.)
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This was how the bride of Christ was being prepared for the marriage feast of the Lamb of God. "So we too," he concluded, "are ready to pull up stakes and leave our homes. God himself will show us the way. In this life there is nothing but sorrow, distress, fear, and suffering. " The prayer that followed made a deep impression on Uli Steiner. The shoemaker prayed, "Lord, have mercy upon us sinners. If there is something in us that displeases you, disclose it to us that we may repent of it and find your forgiveness.
The authorities kept a watchful eye on the Brönnimanns. A brother of Jacob had left the area in 1671 because of his Anabaptist faith and settled in the Palatinate. " The same would happen to the Brönnimanns if only the authorities could find a legitimate reason to move against them. When Jacob died, his son Hans also managed to keep his Anabaptist faith secret. Gossip had it that Hans attended Anabaptist Page 35 worship services, but no one could prove anything. " Abraham Brönnimann, the son of Hans and grandson of the builder of the house, was a tall man, strong and respected by all in his community.
In the meantime Anna, Abraham's daughter, had become a young woman resembling her deceased mother. Her father would have liked to see her married to Jacob Stetler, a son of his neighbor, but Anna had other plans. She loved Johannes Steiner of Rötenbach and had promised to marry him. Abraham eventually agreed, for Johannes was a fine young man and a descendant of Abraham's grandmother, Anna Steiner. Before long Johannes Steiner went to the pastor in Würzbrunnen to make arrangements for his marriage with Anna.