I had helped my family business and become the shopkeeper. With my grandmother and mother, we had gotten over with any problem in patience and efforts.
Our house was built by my great-grandfather in 1926. The whole neighborhood was leased land. As the landowner changed to his grandson, however, his spouse inherited it and suddenly tripled the land rent. It was impossible for us to pay, but she demanded, "If you don't like it, tear the house down, clear the land and get out here." We had to fight in court.
In November 2002, just ten years after the trial had started, I was allowed to enter the faith. The teacher of a church always listened to me, cheered me up and encouraged me. Soon after, as the House Lease Act was amended, the contract of my wooden house was already run out in 50 years. The thirteen-year-trial was finally ended up.
I lost the case and did not have a place to move. I was almost giving up everything and thinking, "Whatever happens, happens." Yet, the teacher encouraged me several times and said, "Why don't you believe in the remaining of one percent on the 99 percent impossibility? Pray hard to Meishu-sama."
I set my mind, "Now I can only depend on the god. I will entrust everything" and lived each day. Then, 15 days before the eviction of the house, I found the one just what I had wanted. I was finally able to settle down.
Without my own store, however, my living environment was completely changed. Whether affected by a psychological blow or not, I hated talking in front of people and somehow took a step back from them. I retired from the front line of business, and since then I had been feeling of being left out for four years.
Meanwhile, what supported me like a lifeless shell were Meishu-sama and the encouragements, kindness, and consideration from my friends, acquaintances, and family. When I realized that I was not alone but God let me live surrounded by everyone, I felt that everything was Meishu-sama's discretion. My everyday was changed to the one full of thankfulness.
In order to repay Meishu-sama for his blessings, I mediated Johrei to my friends. Everyone was very delighted with Johrei, and, before I knew it, I became able to tell anyone about Johrei, one after another.
One time, I developed an irregular pulse that caused me to be hospitalized with cerebral infarction. In the hospital, I was in the same room with Ms. Matsuo who was suffering from kidney disease. Because of the grace of Johrei, both of us could leave the hospital in a few days.
Right after leaving the hospital, I visited her and did Johrei. The next day, she called me with joy and said, "I had a pleasant awakening this morning and readily passed urine that I had not been able to do so." She was allowed her entry and is now much more dedicated to the faith than I am.
Moreover, after this New Year holiday, my friend Ms. Arata called me and said, "I don't know which religion it is, but I've got a brochure written about sickness and toxic elements in medicine." I went to see her right away and asked about the brochure. As I expected, it was our missionary brochure which a member and a teacher of a branch had distributed few days ago.
She strongly hoped to join the faith but still had few days to an initiation ceremony. Meanwhile, when she had a strained back, she went bed with the brochure, put it on her back, and prayed all night long, "Meishu-sama, please help me." The next day, she gave me a joyful call and said, "I could go to work without pain."
Ms. Kuramoto, whom I had met twice through my job, felt something fascinating and was leaded to enter the faith together with her friend. She has been spending days to tell her joy and deep emotion about the faith to everyone and to raise her Johrei hand ever since.
I will do my best to let more people know about this fantastic faith in Meishu-sama.