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私の証

東京第2ワード部毛利幸子

聖徒の道19732月号,94

Part 2 (See English Translation Below)

Part 1

翌12月12日は土曜日で,主人が休みのため,昼前から買物に出かけ,外で昼食をとることになりました。しかし昨日以来のことが頭から離れず,そのことばかり考えていました。買物を済ませ,食事をしているとき,急にひとつの考えが浮かびました。きょうこれから帰り道に,もしあのふたりの宣教師に正面からばったり会ったら,「私はお祈りを始めました」とそれだけ言おう。私が改宗することは,あるいは家庭を失うということになるかも知れないが,とにかく,それは言わなければならないと強く決心しました。食事の後,ぶらぶら歩いて市電の停留所まで来てしまいました。わずか200メートル位の距離で,しかも人口百万の札幌市の真中で彼らに会うことは,もともと無理でした。内心ほっとしたようながっかりしたような複雑な気持でした。そのとき突然主人が明治屋に寄って行こうと言い出したのです。 

その日は天気も良く,師走の土曜日の午後,クリスマスも近いとあって街はたいべんな人出でした。信号を渡ってすすきのの方へ約20メ→トルも歩いたとき,私は思わず棒立ちになりました。間違いなくあのふたりの宣教師が,こちらに歩いて来るのです。私は我れを忘れてふたりの前に立ちふさがり,「私はきのうはじめてお祈りをしました」と大声で叫んだのです。その瞬間,私の心はすっかり別なものになりました。まわりのすべてがばら色に輝いていました。大きな大きな力が私をしっかり包んでいるような安定した静かな気持でした。「ああ,やっぱり神様は生きていらした.」街の騒音も,神を賛美する歌に変わっていました。私はこのようにして,神様から新しい心をいただいたのです。 

私の行く道は決まりました。私はこんなに大きな力で導かれたのだという感激で,それ以来夢中で勉強を始めました。家庭集会レッスンもまた一から始められたのです。その日以来,信じられないことが次々と起こりました。「キリスト教にかぶれたら大変だから」と言って教会行きに反対していた主人も突然バプテスマを許してくれ,皆に祝福されて,6カ月後の5月23日,聖徒の群れに加えていただいたのです。

バプテスマの翌日,すべてを手紙に書いて,両親に知らせました。胸の中に溢れる程の幸福感と感激を,やむにやまれぬ気持で便箋20数枚に書き記し送りました。もう老い先のそう長いとも思われない両親に,神様の福音を理解してもらいたい一心でした。ちょうど時を同じくして,母が狭心症で倒れ.たとの知らせがありました。血圧も高く,非常に危険な状態でした。私は断食して,毎朝毎晩お祈りしました。「母がこの世にある間に福音を知り,自由意志で受け入れることができる機会をお与え下さい。もしもう母にその命が無いものなら,私の残りの命から分けて母に与えて下さい」と言ってお願いしました。

3ヵ月が過ぎ去りました。その間小さな発作で苦しんだ模様でしたが,そろそろ秋風の立つ頃だいぶ落ち着いたので,病院で心電図をとったのです。そのとき主治医が初めの心電図と比べて,看護婦に,「これは別人のを間違えて持って来たのでしょう?」と言ったそうです。それ程症状は一変して良くなっていたのです。医学的に説明がつかない程,心臓の状態が好転していたのです。神様は,実に私の祈りをお聞き届け下さいました。そして,私の再々のすすめでやっと両親が重い腰を上げて,ふたりそろって教会へたずねて行ったという知らせを受けて,1週間目に,主人の転勤で私共はまた東京へ住むことになったのです。やがて家庭集会を受けるようになった両親のもとへ,私は,レッスンの日をねらって訪ねては一緒にお祈りをしたり,励ましたり致しました。神様の大きな愛と導きをいただいて,ふたりはそろって,4月2日にめでたく第5ワード部でパプテスマを受けることができました。私は第2ワード部に属しており,ワード部は別ですが,同じ信仰を持ち,お互いに最後の日まで耐えれば,次の世でもまた同じ所で住めるという大きな希望をもってがんばっております。私の場合,まだ家庭の事情が解決した訳ではないのですが,決して希望を失わず,願い求め,信じていれば,必ず神様は最善の道で解決して下さいます。私は,必ず主人も共々昇栄できるよう,ふたりそろって神様の御もとに参れるよう,人間の力の及ぶ限りの努力をし,また自分自身を高めるようにがんばって行きたいと思っています。神様は必ず私たちをお見捨てにならないことをよく知っているので全く不安はありません。

My Testimony

Sachiko Mori, Tokyo Second Ward

Seito no Michi, February 1973

Translation by Wade W. Fillmore

Part 2 

The next day, December 12th, was a Saturday when my husband was off work so we went shopping before noon which meant we would take lunch while we were out. But what happened the day before would not leave my mind; it was all that I could think about. We finished shopping and while we were eating, suddenly a thought came into my mind. Today, if I bump into the two missionaries coming our way as we are returning home, I will just tell them, “I have begun praying.” I knew that I would convert even if it may be that I will lose my home. Anyway I strongly determined that is what I needed to say. After we finished eating, we leisurely walked toward the streetcar stop. Only about 200 meters distance away from the stop, I thought that in Sapporo’s million people it was unreasonable to think we would meet them. Inside my heart, I sighed and felt a little disappointed and perplexed. Then unexpectedly, my husband said, “Let’s go over to Mejiya.”    

The weather was fine, a Shiwasu (the Japanese name of the lunar month corresponding with December) Saturday afternoon, Christmas was coming and the streets were full of people. We crossed at the signal light as we headed toward the Susukino and had walked about 20 meters when, without thinking, I looked up. It was no mistake; the two missionaries were coming toward us. I forgot myself and stood before them blocking their way and cried out in a loud voice, “Yesterday I prayed for the first time.” At that moment, my heart became a different one. Everything, all around glowed with a rose-colored light. I felt steady and calm as if a great, great power had firmly wrapped around me. “Ah, God really does live.” The noise of the street changed to the singing of a hymn praising God. In this way I received a new heart from God.

My path forward had been decided. Inspired by the great power of this guidance, from then on I began to study with abandon. I started the cottage meetings from lesson one. From that day on unbelievable things happened. From opposing my attendance at church saying “It will be a disaster if we are infected by Christianity,” my husband suddenly gave me permission to be baptized, then being blessed by everyone, on May 23rd, I was able to join the flock of the saints.  

The day after my baptism, I wrote everything in a letter and sent it to my parents. With my breast almost overflowing with happiness and inspiration, feeling compelled, I wrote over 20 writing paper pages and sent them off. With singleness of heart, though they were very old, I wanted my parents to understand God’s gospel. At this very same time, I was notified that my mother had passed out from angina. Her blood pressure was high and she was in critical condition. I fasted for her, praying every morning and every night. I pleaded “that my mother could know the gospel while she was in this world, that God would give her an opportunity to use her free agency. If she didn’t have enough time left that some time from my life might be given to her.”  

Three months passed by. During this time, it appeared she suffered from some small spasms, but by the time the fall winds came up things had settled down considerably and she was able to have an electrocardiogram at the hospital. When the attending physician compared it to the previous one, he said to the nurse, “You mistakenly brought me the one from a different person.” Her condition had changed that much. Her heart condition had changed so much that it could not be explained medically. God really had heard my prayers. Then I received the news that in response to my much urging, my parents had finally exerted themselves and both of them had visited church and a week later, due to my husband’s transfer, we would be living back in Tokyo again. I wanted to be with my parents who were taking the cottage meetings, so I arranged to visit on lesson days and was able to pray with them and encourage them. Having received God’s great love and guidance, happily both of them were able to receive baptism on April 2nd at the (Tokyo) 5th Ward. I was a member of the (Tokyo) Second Ward and our wards were different, but we had the same faith, and if we both endured to the end, in the next world, I had the great hope we will be in the same place and I am doing everything possible to make it happen. As to my situation at home, even though things have not been resolved, I have not lost hope, and if I continue pleading and believe, God will find the best path to resolve things. I always do everything humanly possible to make sure my husband and I, together, can be exalted and return to the presence of God. And I am doing everything possible to lift myself to a higher level. I know that we will not be cast off by God and therefore I have absolutely no anxiety (about the future).