Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked I shall return here.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21 NASV
I must admit that I have never have really been fond of this passage. I understand the first part, but “blessed be the name of the Lord" is most difficult. Especially in the case of Tomoko Kamada.
Tomoko was the only person still able to come to Shichigahama Preaching Place who was a charter member. She was baptized by Rev. Ted Livingston along with her husband around 1960. Her quiet demeanor was a real strength to the younger people who have returned to the church after an absence of 35 years. They did not know how to “do” church, but Tomoko was just there encouraging them. Her husband eventually left the faith and became a strong Buddhist. Often she could not attend services because she was determined to be a loyal wife and ‘show up’ at his lectures, even though she did not believe anything he was espousing. He noticed a big difference in her life if he let her attend services, and so she could continue.
On March 11, Tomoko was driving to or from helping her disabled older sister when the tsunami struck. It pushed her little white car over the bank into a pond and turned it upside down. Her body has not been recovered. Some of the highest waves wiped out an area about 200 feet from her house in Hanabuchihama, in Shichigahama. I was sure her house was gone, but it still stands full of memories for her husband. May the Lord give again by bringing Mr. Kamada back to the Lord.
“We’ll miss you Tomoko! Make sure you say hello to Ted Livingston for us.”
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