“Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:6-7
I want to thank all those who have prayed for Japan. Typhoon Hagibis has passed, but not without severe damage. As of now, about 50 people have lost their lives in the storm, and some people are still missing. Please pray for the comfort of those who lost their loved ones and their homes. Please pray that God would work in the hearts of His people.
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This typhoon, Japan’s nineteenth typhoon of the year, is predicted to hit the eastern part (most of Honshu) of Japan sometime on the 12th, Sat. or 13th, Sun. The typhoons that have previously come have caused enough trouble already: landslides, houses losing their roofs, etc. The speed of this new typhoon is 50 meters per second. This typhoon has the same strength as the typhoon that caused 1,200 casualties a couple of years ago. Please pray for Japan, especially for God’s people, that the damage won’t be too severe and that there won’t be too many casualties. Please pray that God will use this typhoon to make His people rethink their ways and come back to God and ask for His forgiveness. The salvation of God’s elect is the most important thing. Since all is in God’s hands, it’s not really something to worry about, but I’ll really appreciate your prayers.
1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
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. )