Dear my friends,
Thank you for your friendship. It's 2017. How was your past year? May God bless you in new days. I pray for our Lord be with you. I describe my impressions of 2016 below.
It is difficult to express 2016 in one word. Last year it was a departure from the exhausted feeling of loss, but in retrospect there were various encounters and parting. My grandmother passed away. It was a big one. Also, the biggest event was the dissolution of the share house, which was the foundation of my days in Kyoto since its arrival.
God sent the members of it to the all over the world: German, China, Uganda, and new places in Kyoto and Kochi. It became an opportunity to ask Him the fundamental meaning of having come to Kyoto.
Speaking of new things, I got new friends around Japanese OTAKU culutures in the central Osaka. I am deepening the knowledge of ancient languages even I am a beginner. Especially to visually confirm Dead Sea manuscripts and to learn cuneiform scripts and Sumeric languages were a unique opportunity to know the breath and feel of ancient people. I have joy in touching to the source of human history. Also starting to read genre of S.F. is big fun. Do you know "The Man in the High Castle"? And participating in academic N.P.O. showed an interesting expansion.
Last year I did not go out even in Tokyo, and it was a year that made my legs familiar to Kyoto. It was a huge decision in 2016 that decided to live as much as possible in Kyoto.
As I came to 2017, although I am busy to submit my thesis for a master degreee during this week, I have come to know a meaning of coming to Kyoto. I notice that the summary over the 15 years since 20 years old and the goal for the next 30 years. While floating by Paramotor in the air above 656FT in Okinawa in the spring of 2014, I noticed what the landscape of the island I saw and the spread of the sea symbolized as now.
In the Old Testament Psalms 90 the following poetry remains. The awareness of the life of the ancient people, the question will sound like the wind.
10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.
12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Return, O Lord, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants.
14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil.
Following this song, the beginning of Psalm 91 says like this.
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
A year ago, I could not imagine a year later. The future will soon change to the past. When the changerable future will be the past, the past meaning also be changerable in faith. Therefore, the present "now, here" is actually free by God. So, I wish that your 2017 year will be more free. Our age is seventy years. Even if it is healthy, it is eighty years. It is a raw foam that fly away quickly, but splash creates waves.
May God makes you be freely in Him. May God bless you.
In Christ our Lord,
Below, I looked back on the picture in 2016. Check it out and have fun!