Monday, July 19, 2004

Another Toronto last, today. My last day at Grace Toronto Japanese Church. My attendance there has been spotty at best, mainly because of my army reserve commitments and my frequent journeys out of town. However, when I first discovered the church two and a half years ago, they brought me out of the terrible slide into isolation and depression I was experiencing as a lonely graduate student working full-time night shifts as a security guard. At the time I was also living alone in a bachelor suite, which didn't help. But the good people of this tiny, tiny church took me in as one of their own. It is amazing how similar it is to the churches I grew up in in Aomori-ken.