In the years prior to their marriage, Francis and Edith Schaeffer lived apart from each other, but wrote to each other daily. In these letters they wrote about everything: the details of life, their thoughts on current events, and their vision for a future together. What a great way to force a couple to communicate their thoughts in preparation for marriage!
Anyway, during these days, news of the beheading of John and Betty Stam rippled across the American church (see yesterday’s blog entry). Francis wrote to Edith, “Edith, a point blank question: You and I and our children may face what the Stams faced. … are you with me even to that?” He was ready to do anything and go anywhere for the Lord (Isaiah 6:8). He was merely checking to make sure that Edith was along for the ride. She was. (Edith Schaeffer, The Tapestry [Waco: Word Books], p. 159, 178).