Marissa invited me on her 6:30 run to the top of the main bridge and back; the last three blocks home I start to fade and she makes me look like an old man. This morning Chad prays for the leaders at the kasetsu (pl) we met yesterday. Jonathan talks about the Sabbath, the Jubilee in the Leviticus Ch. 25, and Jesus' teaching of forgiveness in Matthew 18. He suggests that returning the land to the original owner, leaving it fallow, freeing the slaves, forgiveness, restoration, reconciliation, and rest are all related principles with a powerful message: release from "bondage" is possible and starting afresh is possible. He prays about how we are seeing through this tragedy, that people are learning to be more open and trusting, more genuine and dependent on each other.
Eric prays that we would let go of the idea that this is a puzzle that we have to solve, but that we would place all of our "stuff" in God's hands and simply let him use us today.
Done! And as we're leaving sakashita-fusai (Mr. and Mrs.) approach the dock in their boat and we get out to say goodbye.
On the drive back to Ishinomaki, I remark to Jonathan that while in the US we have heavy concrete "k-rails" to protect the road workers, here there are just plastic supports with horizontal metal poles--no protection from an out-of-control vehicle.
Each section in the rice fields seems to have its own egret. We're treated to the sight of white wings spread wide before touchdown. (Couldn't get the shot from the moving car, so borrowed one from stock pictures.)
The Let's Start Talking get acquainted coffee at the guest house is just breaking up and neighbors are talking and milling around outside; there were about 20 guests. Someone's sitting in the window just enjoying the beautiful afternoon. I say hi to the obaasan across the street and I thinks she's telling me that she has never left Japan so I ask Chad to translate and he says actually she's been to 6 countries including Paris, but doesn't travel that far anymore because her daughter worries, so now she just visits all the famous hot springs/onsen(s) all over Japan.
Mike and Kioshi invite the LST teachers and me and an adult student named ueshima-san to the mall for dinner and when we get there,