Franziska - Chapter One
How I became acquainted with Franziska
I’d like to introduce you to a real woman - real, not only in the sense that she actually existed, but real in the sense that she truly lived out God's design for her as a woman.
Franziska was not treated well by either one of her "aunt-mothers". They resented her and treated her accordingly. She felt rejected and unloved. Her second aunt-stepmother did not try to hide the fact that she favored her own children over Franziska. Though she was the oldest child, a position deserving of respect from her siblings, Franziska was made to walk behind the youngers. Add to this her father’s immorality and the family deaths, including her own mother’s, and we begin to sense the strain of grief that was laid upon this girl at such a young age. In light of Franziska's sufferings, I am ashamed at how little it takes for me to offer objections when my life is slightly uncomfortable.