I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.
IT SEEMED A FITTING HYMN sung by the Men’s Choir during a recent Sunday morning worship service at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Courtland, Minnesota.
Male voices blended in perfect harmony, a soothing symphony of the aged song that transcends time, a hymn as powerful today as it was for past generations.
And the past prevailed on this Sunday, a day set aside for a reunion of the descendants of Karl Johann Bode, Jr. and his wife, Anna (Dallman).
My husband and I were there, representing my mom and our siblings—the daughter and grandchildren of Lawrence and Josephine Bode.
Fitting Scripture read:
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
My Bode forefathers left a strong legacy of faith, evident in this very church they helped found in 1859 after moving from Illinois to Minnesota. Stained glass windows from the old church have been incorporated into the new, a visual connecting today’s generation to those before them.
Red roses in a stunning altar bouquet honored my great grandparents. Nine yellow roses represented each of their children, Herman, Alma, Otto, Paul, Emil, George, Lawrence, Carl and Ervel.
I am proud to be a part of the Bode family, a family still firmly standing upon a foundation of faith.
© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling