Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!! Thank you for visiting the site!
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted anything on Tenrikyology.com. Thank you all for your continued patience. Hopefully, I’ll be back to posting regularly sooner if not later.
As of now, I plan to spend an American-style Thanksgiving in the first time in who knows when. It will be the first time my wife and children will be experiencing a Thanksgiving. For this, I am immensely thankful.
Other things I have been greatly grateful for recently:
- Wonderful and understanding family and friends
- Spiritual solace from unexpected sources
- Life and all that it has to offer
Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!
The following is a translation of Part 44 of the series “Senjin no sokuseki” (Footsteps of Our Predecessors) from the August 2006 (No. 452) issue of Taimo, pp. 34–35. This translation is a provisional one at the moment and may require further revision.
Part 44: “God Will Make Everything Work Out”
There was a time when Genjiro Fukaya, the first head minister of Kawaramachi Grand Church, tripped over a hammer when he was still working as a blacksmith and hit his forehead, leaving a large bump on his forehead. Genjiro instantly shouted out, “Oh, how it hurts. How thankful I am, how thankful I am!”
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61. A Cough for the Nightwatchman
Like today, the seinens (male attendants) at Church Headquarters made nightly rounds of the Residence each hour. The Honseki sympathized with the seinens who were on duty each night. The Honseki would call out to the seinen making the rounds, saying, “Thank you for your hard work,” when they passed his room, even when it was one or two in the morning.
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49. Sincere Appreciation
Followers who returned afar from all parts of the country would often bring local specialties and rare items as gifts to the Honseki. When something was presented to him, he would bring it near him, close his eyes, and bow in sincere appreciation.
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46. Conveying Gratitude to Oyasama
One of the main aspects of the Honseki’s faith was that he always expressed his appreciation for the blessings he received. He adhered to a strong wish to convey this gratitude to Oyasama to others throughout his life. One of the things he always said was, “Oyasama saved Sato’s life when it all seemed hopeless.”
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10. Repaying an Old Debt to His Brother
On one New Year’s Eve, Izo’s brother Kumejiro came through with 5 ryo, four of which Izo used to pay off his year-end debts. Though different accounts do not agree on the year — some claim the year to be 1867 but it most likely was 1864 — Izo never forgot Kumejiro’s kindness.
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