May 6th, 2011

Hope in Dying

Everything that is alive dies without exception. George, who is a pastor, often experiences death, but there is also death around me. I have been involved with organ transplants volunteering and recent cancer patients/family support, including my own cancer trial.

If death is the end of everything, death means devastation.  For Christians who believe in the resurrection of Jesus, however, this life is provisional; after the carnal death there is a great hope of eternal life with Jesus, who is love, and without suffering and tears.

Nevertheless, the process of death seems excruciating and anguishing regardless if it’s cancer, accidents, or even aging.

Novel” Lady Garacia: A Samurai Wife’s Love, Strife, and Faith”

In the age of provincial wars  in Japan’s history (in the 15th century), refusing to become a hostage by her  husband’s adversary, Samurai Mitsunari Ishida,  Lady Garacia, who was a Samurai’s wife and Christian,  obeyed her husband’s order of  death at age 38.  As depicted by Ayako Miura, Lady Garacia was never dismayed but determined, grateful, obedient and focused on God even at the final farewell with her husband and little children, and at the moment when she made her guard to stab her chest.

“The most important thing for humans is life.  Yet there is a more important thing than life.  That is faith,” said Lady Garacia.

No matter how and when I die, I hope I will be grateful and faithful to  God, getting the strength to go through  pain and fear, like Lady Garacia.

This world is full of trials, but if you open your eyes to our Lord, the bitter trials change into opportunities to grow.

The story of “Lady Garacia” spoke to me: I need to grow in this trial and give glory to God as much as possible until the end of this life.

To give glory to God, love one another—said Mother Teresa.

This Sunday is a Mother’s Day.  May I be able to express all my appreciation to honor two mothers in Japan and the U.S.!