As I think back on my life, there are several things that have been consistent over the years. Growing up in the 1940s and 50s on a farm near Hamel, my parents taught my brothers and me the values of family, faith, and work. I loved working outside on the farm, helping with chores, the garden, and caring for the animals. Those early experiences have influenced my life. I have always had vegetable and flower gardens and love preserving fruits and vegetables which we enjoy throughout the year.
One of my earliest church memories was when we attended a little church in Long Lake. I loved Sunday school, and after church we would walk to my aunt’s house and she would have homemade treats and goodies for us. I learned that having guests and preparing treats for them is a special type of Christian hospitality.
When Bernard and I joined Zion Lutheran in 1988, we truly found a church home. The beautiful liturgies, the many expressions of faith, the feelings of unity, and the opportunities to volunteer for services, in the office, on committees, and with projects creates a bond of fellowship that is truly a gift from God. One of my favorite activities at Zion was helping with Vacation Bible School. It is inspiring to see our Lord through the eyes of children.
I have always enjoyed humor and appreciate laughter and a good joke. One of my favorite Bible passages is Psalm 118:
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We all face heartache and disappointments, loss and tragedy. In our faith, we can find joy and gladness in every situation. Being part of Zion, I know that I do not have to face life alone. The guidance of our pastors, the beautiful service, and the love and support of fellow parishioners make the words of scripture come alive for me and help me live my faith in daily life.
I have worked at the Delano Senior Center for six years. I work primarily in the kitchen, but I am involved in many of its programs and activities. I meet people from all walks of life and from all over the country. Because of the foundations of faith I have gained at Zion Lutheran, I greet these people with open arms and an open heart.
My faith is an important part of my daily life. I am blessed to share it with others.