Too weak I was to battle snake
when he invaded Eden’s wake.
My God, my Father, He sustained,
upheld my strength ’till help was gained.
My hero, strong and sure and lean,
with squared off chin and eyes deep green,
he entered Eden at God’s call.
He made me laugh and broke my fall.
Dear Father, I give thanks and pray
my Adam will in Eden stay.
Please bless eternally this love
You sent from holy throne above.
Erick nodded and took her hands in his. “I love your braids.”
“I wrote a poem explaining why I wear them:
I wear my hair in braids
so I can always see
how important our Lord is
to my husband and to me.
A braid is made of three strands.
As a child I tried two,
but it wouldn’t stay together.
It unraveled through and through.
So, as I weave my hair,
strand one over two over three,
I’m reminded that the presence
Of our God gives unity.
I thought he was a circle,
Or maybe he was a square.
He said he was a puzzle
With pieces scattered everywhere.
She prayed her own quiet prayers that God would bless her and her child and her marriage. Her prayers often took the form of short verses:
Sarah and Abraham were really old,
almost twice as old as I,
when God sent them a prayed-for son
to make them laugh, to make them sigh.
Now God has blessed us with a babe,
for which we hadn’t even prayed,
a gift to seal our new-born love,
to test commitments we have made.
Our God blessed Sarah and Abraham.
Their son grew strong; their love stayed true.
And God will bless us as we love
our God, our child, and Eden, too.
Husband, Dear Erick,
This work of wisdom
Reflects our joy
The words herein.
Volumes of love,
My Dear, Hilda, God made you my helpmate,
bone of my bone,
flesh of my flesh,
and to me you also became
heart of my heart,
mind of my mind.
As God admonishes, I will be
life of your life,
spirit of your spirit,
in all ways, in unity.
I love you as Christ loves His church
and gave Himself for her.
Erick, dear husband God gave to me, I willingly submit myself to you. From fear your love has set me free. I pledge you respect and honor true.
“Erick, dear husband, I give you my love
from body, spirit, heart, and mind,
as we share faith in God and hope and love
by being patient, unselfish, and kind.
“Erick, dear husband, I am your wife.
I’ll stand beside you throughout all life.