My wife and I recently returned to the home of the Parent, Jiba. We attended a gathering for newly installed church head ministers and their spouses. A very curious thing happened during the trip. One morning at the main sanctuary, I undid my wristwatch, as I normally do for the Service prayer. I put it in my pocket and forgot about it until we left the church grounds and headed off for breakfast. Around 10 minutes later, I finally noticed it was missing. This happens to be a rather expensive watch that I purchased years ago as a gift to myself, having achieved a lot of my professional goals as a CPA. Immediately, I had the feeling I would never find it. I thought that maybe it was a sign from above, that I no longer needed such material possessions to be happy in life, and was able to accept the fact that I had lost it. Still, I had to go back and look. As I returned the church grounds, my wife and I retraced my steps back toward the Foundress’s sanctuary. As we entered the inner courtyard, there was no sign of the watch on the ground, but in the distance we saw a woman who appeared to be handing something over to one of the precinct guards. We ran over and asked if she had found a watch. To my amazement, she said she did and I was able to not only retrieve my watch, but also personally thank the person who found it. A minute too late and I may not have gotten the chance. Honestly, I was more thankful for the opportunity to meet the nice lady, than I was about getting my watch back. Turns out she said had met my mother before in Tenri, and they both share the same name. The more I thought about it, the more I felt there was some deeper meaning in this whole sequence of events. After all, it happened right in front of Oyasama’s sanctuary. I resolved that going forward, I would always wear the watch when I go door-to-door to convey the teachings to others. By doing so, I am always reminded that Oyasama is right by my side, watching over and guiding me along the way. I hope I can someday meet the woman who found my watch again, so I can share my story with her. Here are some photos of our trip.
I am a fourth generation American of Japanese descent. My great-grandfather immigrated to Hawaii in 1907, and founded Taiheiyo Church in 1931. My grandfather became the 2nd head minister in 1956, and my father succeeded him as the 3rd head minister in 1981. On November 7, 2015, I was installed as the 4th head minister.View all posts by Taiheiyo Church