Ms. Ozaki has been my coworker for over ten years and often told me about this faith. It was always interesting and very beneficial to me to learn about the religious teachings. Yet, she had never advised me to enter the faith, and I had never thought of doing so.
As I got older, however, my friends came with more serious problems to ask my advice. Every time I listened to their problems, I felt myself helpless and got depressed by their sufferings that remained in me even the next day. Furthermore, my uncle was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and I felt myself more helpless about not knowing what to do for him.
One day, I wondered why Ms. Ozaki could be working normally while her father had been going through a major purification. Now I know that she has put her faith in Meishu-sama, and gotten a strong family bond and many supportive friends.
Ms. Ozaki had always cared about me. When I was losing my confidence, she rubbed my back and comforted both my mind and body. Probably I was relieved with Meishu-sama's light. She, then, invited me to a branch for the first time.
As I visited the branch several times, I realized that everyone there was very kind and make time for me. Moreover, they always heartily prayed for others.
I used to believe that prayer was only for one's own sake, not for others. I was deeply moved with the wonderful faith that you could pray for and heal others with the divine light. By learning the Meishu-sama faith, I became able to face my uncle with terminal cancer and was at his deathbed holding his hand.
I was allowed my entry on January 27th, 2008. My friend whom I had concerned the most was the first person to tell about the faith. She gave a birth to a child with a congenital derangement.
The child was born with a weak eyesight and might lose hearing ability. Due to the incomplete development, it was unclear if the child would be able to walk and speak in the future. Around the time when I told her about the faith, the child was almost died of an epileptic seizure.
When she knew about her child's disability, she thought there was neither God nor Buddha in this world. That is why she extremely opposed to me to get involved in the faith. Still, I wanted her to smile again and told her,
"I was not going to tell you this, but I have entered the faith because I want your child's condition to get better and you to be happy. I can heal both physical and mental sickness by just raising my hand."
Then, she, who had never showed tears even to her parents, started crying in tears and said, "Please heal my child as you do for others." I gave Johrei to her child on the day.
I got a piece of advice from a teacher of the branch: "If a mother is happy, her child is happy too, so give Johrei to your friend, the mother." Now every time I see my friend, I give Johrei to her.
Her three years old child at the time shifted to baby foods from milk, became able to cruise from to crawl, and stand up without help. Real smiles have revived in my friend recently. I am truly grateful for doing Johrei to support my friend.
A half year later from my entry, I was able to be thankful for my parents who had raised me up. Because I had never thought about them in that way, I am happy.
I am truly grateful that I could meet the faith in Meishu-sama and everyone. I would like to tell such fantastic Johrei and my pleasant feelings to people around me.