I’m hurrying to get this posted before Joshua goes to bed. I don’t know what time it is in Japan, but it’s either very late or very early. Oh, well, he can see it when he gets up again: Blessed Assurance, sung by Alan Jackson.
And on top of it, we’ve got some good news–an answered prayer.
On May 5 Joshua asked us to pray for his grandmother and aunt in Japan, who had heard of the Gospel but not yet received it. Today Joshua reports that both are now reading the Gospel of John–and may the Holy Spirit speak to them! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When the Japanese Emperor passes away, or in this case, abdicates the throne, the name of the Japanese Era changes. For 31 years, it has been the Heisei (平成) Era. On April 1st, it was announced that the new era name will be Leiwa (令和) from May 1st… and it was no April Fool’s joke either. And on May 1st, the Emperor, who is only a figurehead like Queen Elizabeth and has no reigning power, will retire, and a new era will begin! Just three more days to Leiwa!
Good-bye, Heisei, and good morning, Leiwa!
( Note: Actually, it’s spelled “Reiwa,” but I wrote down “Leiwa” on purpose because it’s easier to pronounce. )
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