Yesterday, 11/26/15 was Thanksgiving Day. I saw a lot of friends posting on Facebook about things for which they were thankful: health, roof overhead, food on the table, spouse, family, friendship, children, God. It was super uplifting to see so many people expressing their gratitude, and sharing those feelings with others.
But do we need a special day to demonstrate how thankful we are for the things we have in our lives that bring us happiness? What if we woke up every day with that same feeling we have on Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas, or New Years, for that matter?
When we come to understand the Truth of “a thing lent, a thing borrowed,” i.e., our bodies being kept alive by the intricate inner workings of God, and when we recognize God’s divine providences in our external environment – maintaining the perfect atmosphere, temperature, and chemical balance to sustain our life – we can greet each day with a real sense of appreciation for life, rather than taking for granted getting up and continuing to breathe & use our bodies as we desire. Only when we are sick in bed, miserable and unable to get up, that we realize we are not in control of our bodies and appreciate the simple things like eating our favorite foods and going for a morning walk.
Since this year’s Thanksgiving happened to land on the 26th, I was particularly thankful to be able to attend the Yohaishiki at Hawaii Dendocho, which is held on the 26th of each month. The Yohaishiki is performed in conjunction with the service held on the 26th of each month at Church Headquarters at Ojiba.
The Yohaishiki at Hawaii Dendocho, begins at 9am and is officiated by Bishop Shugo Yamanaka. It consists of the seated service, dancing the 8 versus of the Yorozuyo, reciting the Truth of Origin, and listing to the monthly message sent by Rev. Yoichiro Miyamori, head of the Overseas Department at Church Headquarters.
The Yohaishiki is a good venue to invite newcomers for several reasons: First of all, it is shorter in duration (approximately 40 minutes) compared to the regular monthly service which runs about 120 minutes. Second, being held at Hawaii Dendocho, newcomers are able to meet and talk with other followers from different churches. Lastly, the lush mountain views and the cool breeze atop Nuuanu is breathtaking.
Ok, the last 2 shots are from the golf course at Oahu Country Club, located just behind Hawaii Dendocho, but you get the idea…
Remember, let’s be thankful for the gift of life, everyday!