I went to Itoigawa with Kaori, T. S. and H. K. last Sunday. The drive was comfortable. We attended the worship service at the small church in the peaceful city on the Sea of Japan, where I used to live many years ago. I was delighted to see some of my old friends, as well as a few new people. We went there as an ad hoc team to help organize the evangelical meeting. We also played the role of a choir, and sang the three songs we had been practicing. --Though we had practiced together only twice before, our performance was great. In addition to singing, Kaori played the flute, T.S. played the piano, H.K. played the guitar, and I played the reed organ.-- I read a five-minute testimony as well. T.S. gave a sermon based on the story of the prodigal son.
After the service, we had a pot luck lunch. The food was good. It was fun to talk with my old friends. Time seemed to fly too quickly. I wished I could stay there longer.
On our way home, the four of us stopped at Takada and had coffee at the Starbucks. I've known Kaori for more than six years, but I met the other two members for the first time less than one month ago. Having working together for only a short time, we've become good friends. At the parking lot of the coffee shop, we shook hands with each other and said good-bye. I came home in Kaori's car.
I'm really thankful that I've joined this team.
--I took my camera with me, but I was so happy and excited to see my friends in Itoigawa that I didn't have time to take out my camera from my bag. Though they've taken some pictures of me, I haven't got them yet. Instead, I'll post a photo of the 芙蓉 (fuyou), cotton rosemallow, which are in bloom in our garden this week.
-- I don't number the things I'm thankful for this week. I've written more than ten sentences, and each sentence contains at least one thing I'm thankful for. In fact, I'm thankful for hundreds of things about our visit to this beautiful town.