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of Daily Prayer
Vision of Eden
FROM SHUMEI MAGAZINE, VOL. 253
The Power of Daily Prayer
Theresa F. Baker (Youngstown, Ohio)
The following is a transcript of the address given
by Theresa F. Baker on September 12, 2004, at the 12th Anniversary
Celebration of Shumei America's National Center.
I became a Shumei member Feb. 14, 1991. I would like to thank God
and Meishusama for sending me my spiritual mother, Lavinia Choi
(New York Center), who never gave up on me. She would always emphasize
how awesome the blessings of God and Meishusama are.
In May of 1992, I had the privilege of visiting Misono.
In that same year I also retired and relocated to Youngstown, Ohio.
The New York Center had been a haven for me and had brought me so
much comfort, energy and spiritual growth. So, I just couldn't imagine
my home in Ohio without a Scroll of Light.* Alan Sensei enshrined
the Scroll of Light in my home on October 16, 1993. It was then
that I knew my new home was complete.
What a wonderful and peaceful feeling! Those who attended
the Enshrinement of the Scroll of Light were from all denominations;
however they accepted Jyorei with reverence. I can honestly say
that being a Shumei member—giving and receiving Jyorei—has
deepened my faith in God and Meishusama, and I believe I'm a better
person and a better Catholic.
If I may, I would like to share with you two of the
mysterious and miraculous happenings experienced after giving Jyorei
to a family member and to a friend during their purifications. The
first concerns my husband, Robert. Robert has had several illnesses
since his retirement. The one I'd like to relate is the coronary
heart by–pass surgery he underwent on June 15, 1998. He was
in the Cleveland Clinic's treatment room at 5:30 A.M. I was in the
family waiting room. I hadn't forgotten about chanting the Amatsunorito
at sunrise on this special day. As the sun began to rise, it was
so beautiful. I began to chant the Amatsunorito and proceeded with
my other daily prayers, ending with Makoto—Sincerity and Truth.
I was feeling joy and peace in my heart. When allowed back into
the room with Robert, I gave him Jyorei. Afterwards, he told me
that the nurse had told him that he was scheduled to have a triple
by–pass. I told him it wouldn't be that extensive, and not
to worry. Again, I gave Robert Jyorei. He was taken into surgery
joking as usual, and in good spirits. I wasn't nervous or frightened.
I believed that God was in charge, all was well, and there was nothing
to fear. (When we have thoughts of love, peace, and trust in God,
fear is dissolved). I was then told to wait in the family waiting
room or go back to the hotel room, and the doctor would call me.
It was about 9:00 A.M., so I went to my room and fell asleep. I
was awakened at 1:00 P.M. by the heart surgeon who told me that
Robert did very well and only had to have a single by–pass.
He said that the mammary vessel in the chest area was used instead
of removing a vein from Robert's leg. What a blessing! Robert made
a fantastic recovery within a short period of time, and received
Jyorei daily. Thank you, God, and Meishusama.
The other miraculous experience involved my neighbor,
Rebecca Baker (no relation). Rebecca attended my Enshrinement Ceremony,
and came on Wednesdays for Jyorei and to my Monthly Sampais. When
she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000, she came for Jyorei
two to three times each week. At times, I would give her Jyorei
in her home. However, she preferred to receive Jyorei in view of
the Scroll of Light. Before Sampai, she would select one of her
two favorite poems from Meishusama's collection of poems—”Signs
of Divine Mercy” or “Sickness.”
After Jyorei, we would discuss her illness and her
prognoses at great length. She was very apprehensive about receiving
chemotherapy treatment, and we would discuss the different side
effects. I would always follow her lead: If she thought what she
said was humorous, I would laugh and joke right along with her.
Rebecca never cried in my presence, or asked, “Why me?”
We prayed together and tried to look at the brighter side of things
because we knew we could not restrict or redirect God's plan. Before
going for her final consultation with her doctor, Rebecca asked
two of her relatives and me to go with her. To our surprise, he
had good news. He showed her the X–rays and told her the cancer
had not spread; once the breast was removed, she would not need
any medication or chemotherapy. Rebecca couldn't utter a word! We
were all so happy! Rebecca is a four–year cancer survivor
without chemotherapy, complications or medication. What a blessing!
Rebecca continues to receive Jyorei.
Since the Enshrinement of the Scroll of Light, I start
my day with morning Sampai. I always allow at least thirty minutes
for prayer before doing anything, no matter where I am, and the
poem, “Divine Guidance,” is a must regardless of whatever
poem is read for the day. I tell my friends that I move by “Divine
Order” throughout the day. I do my evening Sampai thanking
God and Meishusama for blessing my friends, family, and myself so
Try doing Sampai twice a day. Try it! You'll be amazed
how energized you become: when helping others, when there are things
to be done around the house or when additional activities pop–up.
When you've accomplished your tasks, you'll feel good about yourself
and you'll be aware that without Him, you can do “nothing.”
I believe “the way we spend our days is the way we spend our
lives.” I consider daily prayer to be a significant part of
my days, and my life.
Having a Scroll of Light in my home has brought me
so much solace and unconditional love. Lavinia knew from experience
how wonderful it is to know God and Meishusama, and she shared some
of those experiences with me.
* A Scroll of Light is a revered scroll usually
placed above an offering table in a Shumei Center or home. The Chinese
characters depicted on it vary in significance but the central character
always signifies Divine Light.